Did you really think Throwing Tomatoes would go back on a multi-year hiatus?  Not with the likes of Sergio Garcia and Trevor Bauer lighting up the headlines (with kerosene).

Or perhaps lycopene?

If you’re new to the Throwing Tomatoes world, the basic idea ties with the old days when a performer on stage would get pelted with tomatoes after an abysmal performance. 

That sure would fly today, right? 

Eh, proverbial tomatoes are ok (and allowed). 

Therefore, find a story in sports or entertainment that irks you… and throw a tomato. 

It’s that simple.  You know what else is that simple?  Throwing tomatoes at these recent headlines in the world of sports and entertainment:

Throwing Tomatoes: Tossing Clubs and Launching Lycopene – July 29, 2019

Sergio Garcia

…for eliminating all progress from his 2017 Masters win.

We thought Sergio grew up.  That first major victory at Augusta plus getting married and starting a family.  We thought he had turned the corner. 

To quote Lee Corso, “no so fast, my friend”. 

If you do not follow golf all that closely, Sergio Garcia is at the top of the list in the negative headlines department over the last few weeks.  At the 2019 Open Championship, he threw a club at his caddy after an errant tee shot.  For your convenience, the video is pasted below.  Then, this past weekend at the WGC St. Jude in Memphis, another errant tee shot led to Sergio swinging in frustration at the ground.  The result was a portion of the tee box receiving a special delivery to another location. 

It’s classless behavior.  There’s simply no place for it in the game.  He deserves punishment.  Step up, PGA Tour.  His major sponsor Adidas should take note, as well. 

Three stripes should be replaced with three ripe tomatoes.

Oh, and another thing (said in angry WIFE voice)!  What is the WIFE saying about this one (Sergio Garcia’s wife that is)?  Does she just let it go?  Because most of us men would not get away with such childish actions.  I know I wouldn’t.

The caddy club toss moment is clearly worse.  When it rains, it pours.  If the other leagues can hand out fines for bad behavior, the PGA Tour can (and should) do it more regularly, too.

Trevor Bauer

…for leaving his best fastball until the very end of a bad start.

Ok, we should toss this one softly, considering Trevor Bauer (9-8, 3.79 ERA) was quick to the trigger and has already apologized for his actions.  If you missed the video, it’s pasted below.  Following a poor performance in Kansas City the other night (4 1/3 IP, 7 ER), the Cleveland Indians starter launched a baseball into center field prior to getting pulled from the game by manager Terry Francona.

It just might have been the best fastball he threw all game long.

In the end, Trevor knows what he did was wrong.  Still, I have never seen anything like that before.  At least, not that I can recall.  Fire and emotion is common – and I get it.  Pitchers get fired up.  I don’t even have issues with guys slamming innocent water coolers in the dugout.  But doing this?  That’s a whole new ballgame.

New York Mets

…for zigging when they should be zagging.

Can someone explain what is going on in “The Big Apple”?  Mr. Met – do you know? 

The Mets (50-55) should be sellers, yet they are dealing prior to the deadline for Marcus Stroman (6-11, 2.96 ERA), one of the more attractive pitching names in the market.

If I were an MLB GM, would I trade for Marcus Stroman?  Yes, absolutely.  I love his fire and his talent.  He’s having a great year.  But would I give up prospects for him in a trade deadline deal when my team is 11 1/2 games out of first place and five games below .500? 

Not a chance in you know where.

The New York Football Giants

…for picking up right where they left off.

It’s been a bit of an iffy week for the professional teams in New York.  The Yankees have yet to land an impact pitcher.  The Mets did land one, but they shouldn’t have. 

Then, there are the New York Giants.

NFL preseason games aren’t even underway and the Giants are making a slew of negative headlines.  This is going to be a season of turmoil in New York.  At least, it seems that way.  Seriously, where do we even begin with this team?  Start with this list:

  • Banter with Odell – Beckham said he kept New York’s brand aliveand Eli countered with “we won a few games before he was here”
  • Unfortunate Setbacks – The injury bug is already biting very hard, especially on offense.  Let’s not forget the Golden Tate suspension, as well.

  • Daniel Jones Dialog – It started with an errant throw caught on camera (below), which set social media on fire.  Considering how the pick was viewed, we knew the NFL Draft was only the beginning of this story.

Although, in more of a Gold Stars moment, Saquon Barkley came to the quarterback’s rescue and called out everyone for their lack of knowledge.

Either way, it could be another ugly year for “Big Blue”. 

New York Yankees

…for being the innocent bystanders in the recent “Big Apple” mess.

A few bad games and some clear needs, but the Yankees are still 67-38 and in front of the American League East division.  Why couple them with the Mets and Giants? 

Fine, fine.  Fair enough.  Let’s see what the Yanks do at the trade deadline and if teams continue to force the Bombers to pay big for an impact arm.  Let’s also see if Boston or Tampa Bay makes a run.

Jalen Ramsey

…for forgetting that everyone in the world takes things too seriously.

Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey showed up to training camp in an armored truck… and he’s getting heat for it.

Are we surprised?  We shouldn’t be.

He even admitted it was for entertainment purposes.

Maybe if it were funnier, people would have focused more on the humor side of things.  Either way, this won’t be the last headline Jalen makes this season. 

But It’s what the Jags do as a team that will be even more interesting.

This has been Throwing Tomatoes, where a “big apple” a day doesn’t keep the tomato away.