President Donald Trump didn’t stick to politics with his tweet during Game 4 of the World Series. Instead, he took a moment to criticize Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts for his pitching decisions during the late innings.
Watching the Dodgers/Red Sox final innings. It is amazing how a manager takes out a pitcher who is loose & dominating through almost 7 innings, Rich Hill of Dodgers, and brings in nervous reliever(s) who get shellacked. 4 run lead gone. Managers do it all the time, big mistake!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2018
The baseball critique stems from Roberts pulling starting pitcher Rich Hill from the game with Los Angeles leading 4-0 in the seventh. After Hill was pulled, the Boston Red Sox immediately rallied, scoring three runs that inning on a Mitch Moreland home run. Boston would score six more runs in the eighth and ninth innings to win the game, 9-6.
It’s not surprising to see random critical tweets from the president anymore. That’s long been part of his deal. It was startling though to see him talking about baseball in a critical sense. Especially hours after the country was faced with another mass shooting that killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh area synagogue.
Trump remained on the campaign trail Saturday night despite the tragic news. And somewhere along the way he came across baseball, which led to his tweet that nearly broke social media.
Naturally, Roberts was asked about the president’s tweet during his postgame news conference:
— Marcus Vanderberg (@marcowill) October 28, 2018
“I’m happy he was tuning in, and watching the game,” Roberts said of the tweet. “I don’t know how many Dodgers’ games he’s watched. I don’t think he was privy to the conversation. That’s one man’s opinion.”
Roberts obviously knew he’d have questions to answer regarding his decision and the Dodgers soul-crushing loss. We’re certain, though, he wasn’t expecting any questions to be centered around criticism from the nation’s highest office.
If anything can be called “peak 2018,” this is it.
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