- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 29, 2011


Once again, it’s time to check off some items on my “TIDU List” — Things I Don’t Understand:

• Why critics slam Jose Reyes for trying to safely secure the batting title.

The New York Mets shortstop bunted for a single and left the finale with a .337 average, forcing Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun to go 3-for-4 to win. Reyes won but was booed by fans and ripped by commentators, though many would’ve done likewise. Everyone isn’t into gambling — another form of competition — like Ted Williams.

Sometimes you hold and see if anyone can beat your hand.

• How Boston and Atlanta managed to synchronize historic collapses.

They saw six months of baseball wiped out within three minutes apart, in one of MLB’s wildest nights ever. Fans who stayed up to watch, some furiously flipping back and forth, were rewarded with numbing, dramatic endings for two franchises familiar with heartache. Boston went 7-20 in September, and Atlanta wasn’t much better at 9-18.

On Wednesday, they completed an unprecedented “double” header … into the tank.

• How the little Rays keep hanging with the AL East’s heavyweights.

This kills team officials in Kansas City and Pittsburgh, who can’t croon the small-market blues with Tampa Bay in the playoffs — again — despite division foes with quadruple the payroll. But you can’t discount a team that rallies from a 7-0 deficit against the Yankees, with a wild card berth at stake.

If this was boxing, Tampa Bay would be the undisputed dollar-for-dollar champ.

• Why more managers and coaches aren’t as candid as Ozzie Guillen.

The new Florida Marlins manager needs a filter on cursing during news conferences and live interviews. And he could tone down a wee bit on Twitter. But overall, Guillen is a refreshing change of pace from the staid, stodgy and stale managers/head coaches who represent the norm and bore us to death.

They’re hired to be fired anyway, so they might as well let it all hang out.

• How Wayne Simmonds could show so much insensitivity so soon.

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