After a few days to sort out the debris left by the Carlos Gomez/Brian McCann/Freddie Freeman/Paul Maholm/Reed Johnson fiasco we have finally found out what prompted BMac to confront Gomaz before he crossed home plate on his home run trot. The event was shocking, and most baseball lifers said they had not seen something like that occur in their 74 years watching the sport.
Once I found out that my former roommate’s sister shared the same dog walker as the McCann’s did, I knew that was my in to get Brian’s phone number and sort this thing out. Sure enough he obliged, and here is what he had to say…
My wife and I just had a baby girl on Monday, and Tuesday was our first night at home with her. The baby kept crying all night and my wife, Ashley, wouldn’t wake up. I kept nudging her but she was so tired from the last couple of days that she was in some kind of R.E.M. sleep – I thought this might happen when we heard ‘What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?’ on the radio on our way home from the hospital that afternoon.
Well, I was so tired from not getting any sleep all night I figured I’d get to the clubhouse a little early on Wednesday to catch some Z’s before the game. But of course Medlen is in there blasting his new Justin Timberlake CD and doing the Carlton dance. Freddie was laughing like a hyena for an hour. The combination of sounds was enough to make anyone go crazy.
So there’s no doubt I was cranky when the game started. What probably tipped me over the edge though was the Dirty Harry marathon I watched on our off day last Thursday. I really got into it. When I saw Gomaz talking trash to my guys I really channeled Harry Callahan. I knew I couldn’t use Magnum Force on the ball field, and a Sudden Impact would leave me suspended for the playoffs, so I became The Enforcer.
This explains a lot about McCann’s actions. Cranky Daddy Syndrome is no laughing matter. Here is an excerpt from my own encyclopedia that I just wrote this morning:
Cranky Daddy Syndrome is caused by the following events all occurring at once: baby crying, wife crying every 5 minutes, baby wet diaper, no sleep, baby hungry, wife hungry, baby sleepy, wife sleepy, time to go to work, baby still crying, hospital bill just came in. URGGGGGHHH!
Due to the diagnosis of McCann’s illness, Major League Baseball has lifted the fine they levied on BMac, and now we can all move on knowing just what happened the other night.
*none of this is true, none of it.