Not Slap Happy

It has been an incredible month for the Arizona Diamondbacks. They had gone from struggling to stay out of last place when the month started to leading the division when the month ended. The sun was shining brightly in the desert and we weren’t even complaining about the dry heat.

But even with all of the excitement and revelry there remained one portion of the organization that was still struggling to right the ship. I am talking of course about the Racing Gracie. Despite the new attitude that manager Kirk Gibson and his coaching staff are instilling and his insistence on playing hard for the entire game; that doesn’t seem to have motivated Racing Gracie.

Gracie’s somewhat carefree attitude has become an unfortunate constant during this winless streak. Perhaps it is the fact that he has been beaten down for 72 consecutive races or maybe it is some lingering problems from the head injury he suffered earlier this season. Whatever the case, it’s not helping Gracie get to the win column.

Tonight it looked as though he was going to break out of his slump, well he looked good during pre-game warm-ups or as good as a guy can look with a 4-foot foam head on his shoulders.

When the Legends emerged from the bullpen Luis Gonzalez and Randy Johnson burst out to an early lead while Gracie tried hard to get in front of Matt Williams. As the got to the front of the Marlins dugout Gracie was just a little too close to Williams.

Williams took offense to Gracie invading his personal space and began slapping him about the foam head. This smack down continued around to home plate before Williams pulled away leaving Gracie to finish dead last.

Alas, it doesn’t look like the Diamondbacks good luck in May has rubbed off on poor Gracie as he falls to 0-28 for the year and 0-73 lifetime.


About Jeff Summers

Just a guy from Section 132 Row 9 Seat 9 trying to understand the metaphysics of baseball and whether the knuckleball defies Newton's first law of motion.
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