That’s actually a pic from the All-Star game, but I’m assuming the fan who ran onto the field in Milwaukee tonight got similar treatment. Jeter seemed amused by it all, but I’m sure those close encounters can be a little scary at first.
What wasn’t scary was Tanaka’s uncanny ability to refrain from self-destructing on the mound, even after a shaky start or rough inning. He somehow finds a way to pull it together and win, which is what he did tonight and which is what true aces do. Love this guy.
Of course he had help. Solarte, the Wonder Kid, popped a three-run homer (he now leads the team in RBIs, and who would have predicted it). And McCann turned a nifty strike-him-out-throw-him-out double play.
I did have to laugh when Michael Kay and John Flaherty were going on and on about how Tanaka had to hit because it was a National League game and how he could get hurt like Wang did. Sheesh. You’d think pitchers never batted before. It’s time everyone stopped treating them like fine crystal.