Hunter Strickland says he’s ’embarrassed’ over kerfuffle with Salvador Perez
After having some time to reflect upon his conduct during Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night, Hunter Strickland admits he’s realized the error in his ways. So much so, in fact, that the San Francisco Giants relief pitcher feels “embarrassed” over the entire incident.
Strickland was on the mound when the Kansas City Royals put the finishing touches on a five-run sixth inning, a scoring outburst that blew Game 2 wide open.
The pitcher appeared to take offense to the leisurely stroll around the bases by Salvador Perez following a two-run homer by Omar Infante and suffered an onfield meltdown, appearing to yell something like, “Get in the dugout, boy!” at the Royals catcher during an emotional burst.
After the game, Strickland downplayed the confrontation as a “miscommunication.” But on Wednesday, he expressed regret over how he lost his composure.
“I’m embarrassed. I’m not going to deny it,” admitted Strickland, via CSN Bay Area. “I’ve got a lot of respect for those guys over there. I do. It happened and I can’t take it back. There’s a lot of emotion going on but you’ve got to control it.”
When discussing whether he was pitching with too much emotion instead of allowing the game to come to him, Strickland said he has to be better about keeping himself in check in big-time moments.
“That’s part of your job,” he said. “You’ve got to be under control no matter how upset you are.”
But what’s done is done and Strickland and the Giants have no choice but to move on from the loss and prepare for Game 3, which will be played within the friendly confines of AT&T Park on Friday.
But did Strickland’s meltdown more or less make him one of the less attractive options for manager Bruce Bochy the next time he calls upon the bullpen? Strickland cannot control that, but insisted he’s confident and ready if needed.
“However they want to use me again, I can’t wait to get back out there,” he said.
Given his stat line for Wednesday’s appearance was 0.0 IP, 2 hits, 2 earned runs, chances are good Bochy might bypass Strickland if a less risky option makes sense.