Tony Romo Spreads His Suck Across A Second Sport
Tony Romo’s tendency to be terrible is well-documented here at Mild Mannered. He’s often the feature of our Biggest Meltdowns feature and has found ways to undermine the Dallas Cowboys in the biggest moments of a game. He’s so terrible, we’ve turned his name into a verb, and you do not want your team to get Romo’d. Well, now it seems that Tony Romo’s ruinous presence is no longer contained to the football field, as he showed up in Arlington to throw out the first pitch of the Rangers-Mariners game. It…didn’t go so well for the home team.
In a game whose final score looked more like a matchup of the Seahawks and Cowboys, the Seattle Mariners bested the Rangers 21-8 (they went for two late to make up points). The Mariners, who entered the series with Texas as one of the worst hitting teams in baseball, scored double digit runs for the second straight night and scored the second most runs in franchise history and most since 2000 in a game against the Angels. Ironically, the same day the Mariners hung 21 on the Angels, the Rangers allowed the most runs in club history when they lost 23-2 to the Oakland A’s.
The 21 runs is the most scored in the majors this season, besting the Rangers and Rockies who each scored 18. The Mariners began the day with only one player hitting better than .250, but somehow managed to send 27 batters to the plate in the second and third innings, scoring 16 runs on 15 hits (tying their previous season high for an entire game) and belted three home runs. The Rangers needed 97 pitches to record six outs. After four innings, the M’s led 17-0.
The Rangers have been one of the hottest teams in baseball this season, regularly pounding teams with their top-tier offense while getting some pretty good to great pitching from their starters. They had jumped out ahead of the AL West by as many as nine games and looked to runaway with the division as they sat atop many of the various Power Rankings floating around out there. This…may put a hiccup in all that. Giving up 31 runs in two games to the Seattle Mariners is not exactly what you’d call “World Series caliber” play.
In short, do not invite Tony Romo to anything. He is a suck-virus that will destroy all that you enjoy. If you fear your favorite team may have been Romo’d…it is probably too late, already.