It’s no secret that over his career, particularly recently, Lance Berkman has never been afraid to say what’s on his mind. During Tuesday night’s loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, Berkman was ejected after arguing balls and strikes in the top of the seventh inning. After the game, he was critical of umpire Brian Gorman:
“My biggest beef was, you can’t make that call… They think they can, but he was having a hard time getting the strike zone right, much less seeing if anybody swung the bat. My beef was, just appeal. We have a guy standing down there (as a first-base umpire). It’s not tough to ask. You don’t have to make that call,” said Berkman.
Quite frankly, I agree with Berkman. It did not make much sense why Gorman didn’t appeal, particularly in such a critical part of the game, with the Cards down by a run and two runners on base. I like players that speak their mind. The Cardinals certainly already have a player in Carlos Beltran who is more of a quiet, lead-by-example sort of leader. Berkman just represents the other side of the spectrum. He might be coming off a World Series victory, but he is still hungry. He wants to win and he’s not going to just sit down if he believes an incorrect, or in this case, an unjustified call was made.
This season, Berkman has hit .292 with 1 HR and 4 RBIs in 17 games played due to knee surgery that kept him out of the lineup for nearly two months.