Lewis took issue with Colby Rasmus in yesterday’s game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Texas Rangers when the 27-year-old outfielder dropped a successful bunt in the bottom of the fifth inning. There were two outs at the time and the Jays already had a 2-0 lead so Lewis described the move as “selfish” and unnecessary.
“I felt like you have a situation where there is two outs, you’re up two runs, and you have gotten a hit earlier in the game off me. We are playing the shift, and he laid down a bunt basically simply for average,” Lewis told reporters after the game.
“He didn’t steal within the first two pitches [after the bunt] to put himself in scoring position,” he added. “That tells me [Rasmus] is solely looking out for himself, and looking out for batting average and I didn’t appreciate it.”
For his part, Rasmus said he was simply trying to help the Jays win. He declined to make any strong criticisms of Lewis, apologizing if he hurt the pitcher’s feelings.
The baseball world, however, has been nearly universal in its criticism of Lewis. You play the game to win, not help the opposition.
Here are some other oddball baseball rules according to Lewis:
1) Batters aren’t allowed to look him in the eyes;
2) It’s unacceptable to make contact with any of his pitches;
3) Check swings should always be counted as strikes;
4) When playing defence, the opposition must let the Rangers reach third base without any outs to start things off;
5) Any taunts or jeers from the opposing fans will be treated as an automatic out; and
6) Any doubts over the rules shall be resolved in Lewis’ favour.
I’m sure there are even more rules to follow, but this story and Lewis himself have already gotten more attention than they deserve.