Sometimes you just got to let off a little steam.
For struggling Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee that moment game in the eighth inning Tuesday night. When McGehee whiffed and completed just his second 0-for-5 night of the season he took his frustrations out on his Louisville Slugger, snapping it over his knee and then flipping it to the ground in disgust.
The Marlins of course came back to win 4-3 in the bottom of the 10th making McGehee feel better about his rough day.
"I wish I wouldn't have done it," he said. "I was just frustrated. Obviously a big spot in the game. I just really wasn't happy with the at-bat I put out there. At the end of the day I have to be a little more grown up than that. At the same time I feel like part of my plan is the fact I kind of live and die on every pitch. Every once and a while it gets the better of me. In hindsight I wish I would have handled myself a little better. But it's coming from the right place.
"Sometimes you got to just blow off some steam. In a weird way after that I kind of felt better, like I was back to my old self, past the frustration."
Since the All-Star Break, McGehee has been hitting just .228 at the plate (26 for 114) and he has only seven RBI in 30 games.
He said it's not the first time he's broken a bat over his leg.
"It's not the first time, but it was one of those games where every pitch was so important," McGehee said. "Just wanted it a little bit too much right there."