And with each and every keystroke you use to tell us that this it is not baseball, just shows how much you really don't know about the game. You might not like it, but it is very much baseball and the way the game should be and is played.
First of all, it always amazes me when people pop out of nowhere on the Internet and tell people they don't know anything about baseball (or movies, or music, or whatever). Who are you? I have no beef with you. You're taking this one post that I made on a Monday afternoon and analyzing it in a vacuum to tell me I know nothing about a very nuanced sport? We've never even engaged in a conversation!
As for the actual content, yes I am aware that beanballs are an unfortunate part of baseball as currently played. But it's not part of the game itself, and it shouldn't be. I played on little league teams and in pickup games where people managed not to fling balls at each other, but these grown men in the most regulated form of the sport can't do it? Please.
Beanballs hurt people, and that's all there is to it. You probably have five guys in the majors each year that break a bone when they're hit by a pitch. It happens accidentally, sure, and that's unfortunate, but intentionally throwing at people is asking for injuries.
And just what has all this retaliation gotten Ozzie, anyway? He makes his team throw at people, and they throw back. Violence begets violence. Is he "protecting" his team by encouraging retaliation from other teams? He has a reputation now as a manager that forces his pitchers to hit batters, and now whenever the Sox hit a player they'll be getting hit right back. He's putting his players and the other team's players at risk, and that's wrong.
Junkie Cosmonaut wrote:Its umpires that are not supposed to remember the past, not ball players and managers
What? Of course they should remember the past, but that doesn't mean they can't put it behind them. Ozzie could think objectively about things, realize that hmm, just maybe Padilla wouldn't be dumb enough to plunk a guy with a runner on and no outs
, and let it go. But that's not Ozzie's style; he's flying off the handle, demanding retaliation and hurting his team.
At this point, Ozzie has threatened players from the other team and admitted to ordering his pitchers to throw at them. If MLB had any concerns about protecting its players (and multi-million dollar investments), they would suspend him for a game or two right now.