Garza Admits Hitting Tex On Purpose

From the Yes Network:

“They can take whatever they want from it from it, but I just kind of got tired of people brushing him back. It’s about time someone made a statement,” Garza said, noting that Longoria was hit by a pitch in the opener of the three-game series on Monday night.

“I hate to be that guy, but someone had to take a stand and say we’re tired of it,” the right-hander added. “You can go after our best guy. Well, we’ll make some noise, too, and that’s what happened.”

Longoria, who was hit by Yankees reliever Jonathan Albaladejo on Monday, did not take issue with Chamberlain.

“That’s just the way the game goes. I don’t know if it was intentional, unintentional or if it was a way to kind of stir up our dugout,” Longoria said. “I don’t have any hatred or negative feelings. It’s just part of the game.”

I have no problem with Garza hitting Teixeira. Joba’s actual intent is really irrelevant, as his reputation precedes him and teams have the right to assume that he is throwing at their players. Garza was therefore within his rights to take action against a Yankee star. As Joba himself noted:

“That’s just the game, man,” Chamberlain said. “Longoria is great, there’s no getting around it, so you’ve got to be aggressive with him. If that’s what he feels, then he did what he needed to do. At the end of the day, we won the ballgame, and that’s really all that matters.”

However, Garza was pretty stupid in admitting to hitting Teixeira on purpose. He had gotten away with the retaliation, and would likely have gone unpunished. Instead, he probably will miss a turn for a team that really needs him in the rotation if they are going to make a run. Garza’s actions show a bit of desperation. Winning teams let their play do the talking, while struggling teams make plenty of noise and talk about sending messages. Garza did not want to get away with it, and chose to inform everybody that he was taking a stand. It comes off as a sorry attempt to try and motivate his team, and will likely hurt them more than it helps them in the long run.

0 thoughts on “Garza Admits Hitting Tex On Purpose

  1. Chris H.

    He also hit Tex with Damon at first and A-Rod on deck, meaning that he was fine with facing Alex. Dumb move on his part. Alex had some nice cuts against him in that AB. It’s a shame he didn’t make him pay (I’m sure Garza wouldn’t have admitted to it if that had occurred).

  2. The other Chris H

    I know Joba was moving Longoria off the plate but by his reaction after the pitch you can tell he didn’t mean to go after his head like that, he turned his head cussed and even motions to the bench with his glove showing he didn’t mean it. Joba gets a “reputation” only because he knows in order to be a good pitcher you have to bring heat inside to be able to use that slider away effectively so thats what he does and sometimes people get plunked get over it Garza you obviously aren’t that smart or you wouldn’t have told on yourself.

  3. The reputation is very much undeserved (as T.O. Chris points out). Even Moose got the message last year…if you are going to rely on off speed pitches away, one must come inside.
    Joba is only 23, there is a skill to throwing inside, give him time to find and hone it.
    Robin Roberts was one of the great (HOF) pitchers in the NL, he had pin-point control/command but, he would never hit a batter (he hit 40/50 in 16+ years) to move them off the plate. One must remember, in those days no one complained about being thrown at…just part of the game.

  4. Yankme Fan

    It just goes to show that Joba can not hit his targets. Even if they are not strikes.