I know that Twindaddy normally does these Hero of the Moment posts, but I felt that I needed to do this one. I actually wanted to write this last night, but never got a chance to.
Some of you out there might already know who Homer Bailey is, especially if you’re a baseball fan, or live in the Cincinnati area. For those of you who don’t, Homer Bailey is a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds. Tuesday night, he threw the first no-hitter of the season, beating the San Francisco Giants 3-0. While being able to throw a no-hitter in the major leagues is a rare and special thing (it’s actually the 2nd one Bailey has thrown), it is not why he is my Hero of the Moment. What he did after the game is why he’s my Hero of the Moment.
Immediately after the game, he was giving an on-field interview with a reporter from Fox Sports Ohio. The reporter was asking him about his one blemish during the game, a walk to the leadoff batter in the 7th inning. During the inning previous, Homer had to run the bases and the reporter asked him if running the bases right before pitching is what caused him to walk the batter. The reporter was basically handing him an excuse for only pitching a no-hitter, and not pitching a perfect game. Homer’s reply?
That’s right. He dropped the F-Bomb on live TV.
While I like that he dropped the F-Bomb on live TV (although that view will probably change as Baby E starts getting old enough to understand things better), it’s not just that he dropped the F-Bomb on live TV that makes him my Hero of the Moment….it just helped.
By saying, “I just fuckin’ walked a guy,” Homer Bailey showed a little bit of personality in a sport that usually frowns upon personality from its players. You always see football and basketball players saying things like that, and nobody really cares. When a baseball player does it, however, an uproar is created (see the link on the quote, which also has video of his F-Bomb). It’s good to finally see that from a baseball player.
He’s also my Hero of the Moment because he didn’t take the reporter’s built-in excuse. He knew that he didn’t pitch a perfect game and he owned up to it. He admitted that he made at least one mistake during the game. Most pitchers, or players of any other position for that matter, would’ve jumped on the chance to blame their mistake on something other than themselves.
In short, Homer has made himself one of my new favorite players, and it has nothing to do with his on-field performance.