Oh yeah ... I'm up.
That is what must have been running through Chicago White Sox pitcher Hector Santiago's head when a few of his teammates rousted him from the locker room Tuesday night. During the sixth inning of last night's game against the New York Mets, Santiago disappeared from the dugout when it was turn to bat and had to be rushed to the plate.
Maybe he was just hiding from Mets ace Matt Harvey who was dominating the Sox lineup.
It's easy to forgive Santiago for his brain freeze since he is an AL pitcher and he was playing in Citi Field — an NL park. He's not used to batting. But don't tell that to jeering and booing Mets fans who thought the Sox starter was trying freeze out Harvey — who was in the midst of six innings of perfection during a 0-0 game.
Santiago scrambled to get his bat and helmet and apologized to the waiting ump.
Santiago — making only his second start since returning to the Sox rotation — almost matched Harvey's gem of a game for seven innings. Santiago threw 111 pitches and gave up four hits and no runs.
Mets ended up winning, 1-0, in 10 innings.