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|Brody Anderson (L)||7.0||0||14||5||0||0||0||4.50|
Nick Street Doesn't Like To Run the Bases
Sets New RecordUpdated Monday August 20, 2018 by J Biggs.
The Mudcats and Orioles met again to complete the season series with the Mudcats winning the previous meeting. The Mudcats started off slow spotting the Orioles three runs to start the game and failed to score in the first three innings.
The Mudcats bats woke up in the top of the 4th scoring three runs and running the score up to 11-3 after six innings. Not to be outdone, Nick Street emerged for his final at bat of the game to steal the spotlight as gingers, as everyone knows, have to make everything about them.
With one runner on, Street got everyone's favourite pitch, the hanging curveball, tipped his cap to the pitcher, and belted a two run homerun into the darkness over the left field fence. Unbeknownst to Street, he would then go on to make PMBL history.
Street gave his first base coach a high five as he rounded the base and in the process stepped over the bag. Street was cognizant of the mistake and went back to touch the base. At this point Street realized his shoelace was untied and bent over to lace his shoe back up but broke the lace. Street stood up with the broken lace dangling in his hand and his homerun trot was briefly halted as he waited for the equipment manager to rummage through several bags and bring a new shoelace out to Street causing a 10 minute delay.
With a new shoelace Street approach second base but was again distracted when his phone went off. Street pulled his phone out of his back pocket and yell out to no-one in particular "this is home I gotta take it". Street spent the next 27 minutes wandering around the Centre field fence at Heritage Park talking on his phone. Street returned to touch second base and apologized but relived everyone's concerns by saying everything is "all good".
The Orioles pitcher then took exception to the pace Street's homerun trot and told him to "hurry up" and added that good form is to keep phone calls under 20 minutes when on the field. The benches cleared and keeping with PMBL league rules, a person panel debate ensued moderated by home plate umpire.
The participants then debated a randomly selected topic chosen the by umpire in a civilized and polite manner. After 53 minutes the Mudcats were pronounced the debate winners in the topic of how to avoid sampling bias.
Street then rounded third and headed home to further controversy and one member in the stands called for a recount in the debate. When it came to light that fan in the stand did not go to Harvard, his opinion was immediately discounted and Street was allowed to score 1 hour and 37 minutes after hitting his homerun and setting a new PMBL record in the process for slowest homerun trot.
The Orioles, perhaps motivated by the controversy scored 6 runs in the bottom of the 7th but saw their potential comeback over in quick with back to back outs for a final 14-9 victory for the Mudcats.