- Yermin Mercedes broke an unwritten rule of baseball after swinging on a 3-0 pitch and hitting a home run during a blowout in the White Sox-Twins game
- White Sox manager Tony La Russa says he’s “upset” with Mercedes for making a “mistake” and that he’ll face the consequences
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It’s that time of year where an old baseball lifer gets angry about the “unwritten rules” getting broken.
During Monday night’s White Sox-Twins game, Yermin Mercedes hit a one-run homer run after he swung on a 3-0 pitch in the top of the ninth during a blowout.
Yermín Mercedes homered off Willians Astudillo on a 3-0, 47 mph pitch to make it 16-4. This is top-level baseball
— James Fegan (@JRFegan) May 18, 2021
3-0 bomb from Yermin Mercedes off of a position player!
Announcer: “I don’t like it. Up 15-4. I don’t like it”
Guess who does like it? Yermin. Yermin’s wallet. Yermin’s family who gets food put on their table by him. Fans of the Sox. Fans of baseball. pic.twitter.com/01zXiIE6dH
— Ben Verlander (@Verly32) May 18, 2021
Despite the fact that some people were angry with Mercedes about the home run, the White Sox player felt like he didn’t do anything wrong.
“I’m going to play like that. I’m Yermin. I can’t be another person because if I change it, everything is going to change. … We’re just having fun. It’s baseball.”
On Tuesday, White Sox manager Tony La Russa told the media he was upset with Mercedes and that he was going to deal with him internally.
Tony La Russa was 'upset' that Yermin Mercedes hit a home run on a 3-0 count last night in a blowout win.
"He made a mistake. There will be a consequence he has to endure here within our family."
— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) May 18, 2021
Baseball fans immediately blasted La Russa for being angry at his own player.
Baseball continues to be the dumbest. https://t.co/C98GRpFw5F
— Rudi Schuller (@RudiSchuller) May 18, 2021
Imagine being mad at your own player for hitting a home run https://t.co/t1G5FOGYYB
— Stephanie Lynn (@x0stephhh) May 18, 2021
This is what's wrong with baseball. Tony LaRussa drinks and drives, enabled steroid use. But draws a hard line at a fun home run https://t.co/RoyMo6lcnS
— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) May 18, 2021
To all baseball players, if you have the opportunity to absolutely fucking crush a home run. Do it. As the old adage goes: chicks dig the long ball. https://t.co/BRrzIdXd34
— Nick (@nicktalksstuff) May 18, 2021