Monday, March 16, 2009
Newly-minted Marlins closer Matt Lindstrom made sure everyone knows he has testicles last night in World Baseball Classic action, throwing at Dutch batter Vince Rooi in retaliation to the previous batter, Bryan Engelhardt, taking a bit too long to admire his tater tot in the eighth inning. In a show of anger which proves how little most players actually care about the WBC, the Dutch bench walked up the steps, gave Lindstrom a few words, and retreated when the umpires intervened. I'm taking the episode as a good sign. Lindstrom is penciled in to be the Marlins' closer this year, and I like that he's showing some fire already.
I do have one criticism for Matt, though. Not to put too fine a point on this, but if you're going to throw at a dude, you've got to hit him. Also, if throwing at a dude causes enough inflammation in your shoulder to warrant an MRI, then it's probably not worth it...
On a similar note, now that Matt is the closer, he needs a nickname. SporTech Matter is calling him "Wildman," but I think we as a fanbase can be a little more creative (plus, the similarity to Mitch, "Wild Thing" Williams is a bit off-putting). I'm also curious as to what you think his entrance music should be. May I suggest "Achilles' Last Stand," by Led Zeppelin? Leave your suggestions in the comments.
h/t: Awful Announcing