Five facts and/or observations from last night's 7-3 win over the Cardinals. . .
1) Watching crappy baseball in near-freezing temperatures will make anybody cranky, but I still don't understand the vitriol that was directed at Domonic Brown from the left field seats in the fourth inning. Brown allowed a shallow fly ball off the bat of Matt Adams to drop in front of him for a single rather than trying to make a play on the ball. Maybe a better leftfielder gets a better jump and is more confident attacking the ball, but to the naked eye Brown appeared to make a perfectly sensible decision, particularly when you consider that earlier this season Brown took some heat for trying to make a diving play on a ball that instead ended up at the wall for a triple. This time around, the situation called for an abundance of caution: 2-1 game, runner on first base, nobody out, and the No. 7, No. 8, and No. 9 hitters due up. After the game, Charlie Manuel said that Brown made the right play.
"That looked like a Texas Leaguer to me," he said.
But Brown was booed pretty harshly, and a couple of minutes later received some mocking jeers when he made a routine play on the ball. Don't mistake this for a lecture. Fans pay for their tickets and are free to voice their displeasure. I just don't understand the source of it in this instance.