Which of the following is the more unbelievable statement?: (1) A starting pitcher argues vehemently with his manager on the mound because the manager has the gall to take the pitcher out of the game after he has allowed seven runs in the third inning, or; (2) Manager goes after pitcher in the tunnel between the dugout and the clubhouse and "mayhem" ensues.
If you're like me, you're probably thinking that (1) is the more unbelievable statement. That's not meant to exonerate Toronto manager John Gibbons, who apparently set out to fight someone on his team this year and just barely achieved the goal with just over a month to play.
But Ted Lilly? Come on, dude. Your team gave you an 8-0 lead and you turned it into 8-7 faster than Gibbons could throw down. You can't really expect to stay in the game, can you? It's one of the most embarrassing moments in sports, taking the mound in the third with an eight-run lead and not hanging onto it long enough to get the win.
And you're going to make it worse by screaming and yelling on the mound? You're going to refuse to give up the ball? Self-confidence is all well and good, but you should have been calling to the bullpen before Gibbons had a chance to leave the dugout.
This Week's List
• Sometimes, amid the fruitless search for a suitable rival and the distractions caused by his carefully crafted persona, we forget one thing about Tiger Woods: He's so much better than everybody else that it doesn't seem like he's playing the same game.
• The most amazing sight in sports: The tan line under Terry Francona's cap.
• We're building character here, you little cretin!: On Sunday night a player from Staten Island dropped an F-bomb on live national television during the Little League World Series, and his coach slapped him, also live on national television.
• Maybe this might work for the Red Sox the next time the Yankees come to town: They moved the fences back 25 feet for the Little League World Series.
• Which would mean Boston would be 8½ or 9½ games back now: The Red Sox and Yankees should have been able to play seven or eight games in the amount of time they played five.
• Why we love baseball: Even though it was the biggest series in the history of man -- at least I think that was the promo -- you could still turn on the television yesterday and see David Wells pitching to Sal Fasano.
• And one more reason: You can never predict whether the game you're watching will be the one in which a pitching change turns into a brawl.
• One more reason to like Omar Vizquel: He didn't play for the Giants on Thursday in San Diego, but after the bottom of the third he put on a Padres' grounds crew uniform and raked the infield.
• One way for Evander Holyfield to gauge the interest in his comeback: It was on free television.
• Hey, I've got an idea that might get Evander back to pay-per-view: Holyfield vs. Gibbons.
• The league has promised to let him keep his job as long as he keeps his socks up high enough and wears the right brand of shoes till the season's over: Bryant Gumbel, who is planning to do some late-season announcing for the NFL Network, is in deep with the NFL after remarks he made on "Real Sports" suggesting Paul Tagliabue tell new honcho Roger Goodell "where he keeps Gene Upshaw's leash."