With the Nationals leading the Giants 9-2, Ian Desmond stepped to the plate in the top of the ninth on Monday at AT&T Park needing a home run to join Brad Wilkerson and Cristian Guzman as the only Nationals players to hit for the cycle.
In a seven-run game, Desmond’s display almost certainly violated one of baseball’s unwritten rules. Desmond knew it, and, unprompted, apologized after the game.
“For the record, I probably shouldn’t have slammed my bat,” Desmond said. “If Petit hears about this or sees this, I apologize. That was pretty bush league. But I was kind of caught up in the moment. You don’t get that opportunity often.”