(Fair warning: this post isn’t for the faint of heart.)
If there’s one thing I learned from being friends with most of the football team during my junior year of college is “puke and rally.” I never had to, but I know a few who did.
And Adrian Houser of the Milwaukee Brewers did just that on Sunday.
He was brought out in the top of the eighth in relief in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies and threw up once behind the mound before finishing his warm-up tosses. Brewers’ manager Craig Counsell went out to the mound with a bottle of water. Houser then threw a few more warm-up tosses and stayed in the game, giving up a double and striking out a Phillie before vomiting a second time.
Counsell visited the mound again, and umpire Laz Diaz didn’t charge the Brewers with mound visits. I wonder if they thought this would be a possibility when Rob Manfred limited the mound visits to six per game.
The poor grounds crew had to clean up puke twice. I wonder if that’s taught in grounds crew school. Hopefully, they had some Speedy Dry on hand.
Counsell explained that it was a combination of a bunch of factors that caused Houser to get sick twice in the inning:
He wasn’t under the weather at all, but it was an early wake-up call, not enough food, heat, probably a little nerves from getting to the big leagues today. (ESPN)
It’s good to know that it wasn’t anything serious, but if I were him, after getting sick once, I’d be like, peace I’m out. Granted, I sit at a desk, but I’d go home in a heartbeat if I threw up at work.
Apparently, Houser’s go-get-’em attitude impressed Phillies manager, Gabe Kapler. Um, that’s coming from the dude who can’t manage a bullpen and who only has two lefties on his entire pitching staff. (That’s two out of thirteen pitchers, for those of you playing at home.)
Well, I mean it makes a little bit of sense for Houser to puke and rally now since he never went to college because he was drafted out of high school by the Houston Astros in 2011 and was traded to the Brew Crew in 2015 for Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers.