Posts Tagged ‘Red Sox’

“Anatomy of a Basebrawl” or “Why Sports Teach Valuable Lessons About Consequences”

June 7, 2008

I love baseball for many reasons. And the following is just one example. Like many sports, baseball has certain unwritten rules and practices among the players and managers. For example, if you’re a pitcher that is retaliating at another team/player, you don’t throw at another player’s head.

So, the other night, the Red Sox play the Tampa Bay (Devil)Rays. Red Sox player Coco Crisp is on 1st base and he attempts to steal second. As he slides in head-first, Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett takes the catcher’s throw and drops his knee in front of the base. This is a big no-no in baseball. Crisp could’ve been seriously injured, and in fact, he sprained his wrist because of it.

So, the next time Crisp is on first, he attempts to steal second base….and watch what happens.

So, seemingly, the issue would be settled. I love how baseball polices itself. No whining lawyers, just an understanding that if you break some of the unwritten rules, you will get punished one way or the other. The players know this, too. That Rays shortstop knew he wasn’t going to get away with his stunt. Unfortunately, he didn’t receive the payback.

So, the issue should’ve been settled, but apparently the Rays didn’t watch video of the original incident. So, as the next day, Crisp gets beaned, fakes like he’s going to take his base and then…..IT’S ON

Yeah, I suppose the brawl undermines my case for baseball policing itself, but hey, it’s still fun to watch.

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“The Etymology of Human Male Non-Verbal Communications (or, Why Men Fist-Bump)”

June 6, 2008

Male communication explained. Fun stuff.

Fan wants in on the action at Fenway Park

June 6, 2008

Unrelated to this clip: Yankees suck.

Yankees fan raises the bar for devotion.

May 6, 2008

I will never, ever publicly ridicule the Yankees again. Never.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3382644