Though many of Twitter's armchair judges may have decided the very second it occurred that Jake Marisnick had ill will towards Jonathan Lucroy as he encroached on his plate, Marisnick's words seem to emanate from a shaken man.
Jake Marisnick (@JSMarisnick) very concerned about @Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy (@JLucroy20) who had to go to the hospital after their collision: "First and foremost I hope he's okay. That was a bad play for me..It's terrible. I wish him the best. I hope he's okay." pic.twitter.com/YsT1jPBmXa— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) July 7, 2019
The Astros eventually triumphed 11-10 on Sunday afternoon, though it would've ended earlier had Marisnick's ill-fated run not been disallowed; he was ruled out, after umpires decided he'd plowed into Lucroy intentionally.
And though the video was brutal, Marisnick maintains that his intention was not to harm, but rather to slide in cleanly.
Through my eyes I thought the play was going to end up on the outside of the plate. I made a split second decision at full speed to slide head first on the inside part of the plate. That decision got another player hurt and I feel awful. I hope nothing but the best for @JLucroy20— Jake Marisnick (@JSMarisnick) July 8, 2019
The play itself looked brutal from every angle, with Marisnick appearing to veer into the line of fire unnecessarily.
This was bad. Jake Marisnick vs Jonathan Lucroy pic.twitter.com/DmE7uHC16r— Brian Perroni (@Perroni247) July 7, 2019
However, we certainly choose to take a remorseful Marisnick's word for it; he seems to have been caught up in the heated competition of a tie game, reverting to some of his ingrained baseball instincts. Ideally, he'll continue to ruminate on this throughout the break, reflecting on what type of base brutality lies at the foundation of this game.