And what about Robles’ reaction to Baumgarner’s reaction? “When he puts on a good show, he is able to celebrate and do what he loves to do,” the 25-year-old midfielder said in Spanish through an interpreter to the team. “He seems to call everyone a clown who has had a hit or ran home against him. If he doesn’t want anybody to run at his turf or have any problems with it, just hit people or bring the best pitches to where you don’t have to worry about that.”
This wasn’t the first time Bumgarner had made an exception for an opponent’s behavior. It wasn’t the second or the third either. Remember when Baumgarner yelled at Max Muncie in 2019 and Mansy told him to catch the running ball at home outside the ocean? Or Baumgarner’s confrontations with Yacille Puig when he was the Cuban defensive player for the Los Angeles Dodgers? Or when Bumgarner announced his separation from Unwritten Rules, available to all players between the ages of 12 and 30?
Well, that last one didn’t happen. But throughout his 14-year career, Baumgarner believed — and often vocalized — that there was a right way to play baseball. Those standards have changed in recent years, something that obviously irritates him (made evident when he lamented Saturday that Robles’ semi-celebration “didn’t usually happen”). Robles is another hitter on his way.
Baumgarner, a four-time All-Star, was right that Robles doesn’t have a special season. The round on his home ground was third, Bumgarner noted, and raised Robles’ percentage on base as well as slow to 0.623. And yes, the Nationals were falling behind a lot in the inning, as they have been for most of their season.
The single shot put a slight dent in the final difference. Washington dropped to 31-65. The Diamondbacks, who also finished last, improved to 42-52. Apart from Homer, Robles sorted a quickie, stealing second place after Baumgarner picked him first, scoring on a burial and the wind knocked him off in an attempt to dive into the center. It was the complete Victor Robles experience.
As he swirled around the bases in eighth, Baumgarner appeared shouting something at him. But if he hears, Robles will not flinch or admit it after the match. While speaking to a small group of reporters, he was smiling more than usual. At a few points in what was a semi-serious interview, he even seemed to be on the verge of laughing. He began by thanking Octavio Martinez, who was translating for him, for practicing his superb kicks before the match with Baumgarner. He ended up ignoring the whole situation.
“I didn’t hear anything. I was running around the bases,” Robles said. “And honestly, even if I did, I wouldn’t have acted. I respect his profession. He did a lot in this game. He’s got his strips, we say. He is a veteran. My personality type, I don’t factor in that kind of thing. I don’t react to the reactions or the words that come out of it. I’m just playing my game.”
Did he feel that his response to Homer was in any way exaggerated?
“No, I thought I was partying a little,” Robles replied. “…I was so excited about it. Just like he had a big role. He’s probably going to have some kind of little reaction to that too.”