Kevin Gausman throws first ‘Immaculate Inning’ of 2018

Kevin Gausman of the Baltimore Orioles threw an immaculate 7th inning in a loss to the Cleveland Indians Monday night. An immaculate inning is where a pitcher faces three hitters and strikes them out on three pitches each.

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Kevin “Gausy” Gausman

If an immaculate inning sounds silly, that’s because it is. It’s not even all that impressive when you think about it. He had to throw a total of nine quality pitches to get the three outs. A much more impressive feat would have been if he got the three outs on three pitches. Baseball is a team sport and Gausman had eight other players helping him get outs. If Gausman somehow got each batter to pop up or ground out on the first pitch they faced, then I’d be impressed.

Three outs on three pitches. That would be immaculate, mother of Jesus type of stuff.

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Jesus, son of Mary. Hates the New York Yankees.

The Orioles lost the game. Something they’re probably going to do a lot this season. This year’s squad has all the markings of a losing Orioles team. God knows I’ve seen enough of them since moving to Maryland in 1994.

Cleveland Indians to get rid of Chief Wahoo logo by 2019 season

The Cleveland Indians plan on getting rid of the Chief Wahoo logo for the 2019 season. This is according the AP’s Twitter account, one of my favorite oracles of truth and knowledge:

This from the New York Times:

The Cleveland Indians will stop using the Chief Wahoo logo on their uniforms beginning in 2019, according to Major League Baseball, which said the popular symbol was no longer appropriate for use on the field.

The logo has long been the source of anguish and frustration for those who consider it offensive, outdated and racist, but for many of the team’s fans it is a cherished insignia — a divide that has played out at all levels of sports in recent years with teams featuring such nicknames and insignias.

I can’t even pretend to imagine what it would be like to experience “anguish and frustration” over a cartoon character. I’m quite picky when it comes to what I anguish over. The same with what I experience frustration over.

Cartoon images don’t make the cut.

I can’t help but notice how Major League Baseball worded the message about Chief Wahoo. They said it was no longer appropriate for use on the field. What about the gift shop or in the stands?

My guess is that they will still sell merchandise with Chief Wahoo on it because people like Chief Wahoo.

The Washington Bullets changed their name years ago to the Washington Wizards because they didn’t want their name associated with gun violence. Guess what? You can still buy lots and lots of Washington Bullets merchandise.

If I cared about sports, this story might mean more to me than it does. I find the older I get, the less I care about sports. In fact, I’m starting to go the other way.

I’m starting to believe sports and the consumption of sports is more harmful to our society than it is beneficial. It feels like whatever one benefit sports give to our society as a whole, it also generates at least five other problems that we are too willing to ignore.