Maybe baseball justice isn’t the best justice
There’s this clip floating around the Internet lately. It’s from a middle school baseball game in Washington not too long ago.
Well, it could’ve been from any baseball game played in North America. Anyway, this kid launches a mammoth homerun.
In true Jose Bautista fashion, he uncorks an incredible bat flip and does the Running Man halfway down the first baseline till he enters trot.
My first thought after seeing the clip was that kid probably got a baseball in the ribs during his next at-bat.
It was a joke, but that probably did happen.
I always say baseball justice is the best justice.
Most times it’s a joke. You know, like a “Haha, this is awesome” kind of deal. Other times, I was serious in saying that it really is the best justice.
There was just something about seeing a player get his comeuppance through a 95 miles per hour fastball directed at their ribs.
It was that “unwritten rules of baseball” mentality. Reflecting on it, I’m not sure it’s the right way to go about things.
Baseball players — while we look up to them as superhuman — are just regular guys making a living. A larger than life living for the most part, but they’re making a living nevertheless.
When a baseball is thrown at them, that can put their jobs in jeopardy.
Now, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson said a lot of this recently and I tend to agree with him.
It’s bush league to throw for the sake of it at a guy and the pitcher should be punished for it. That means an ejection and not a warning.
The old mentality of an eyefor-an-eye, especially when the guy holding the ball can throw the darn thing hard as hell, is something we have to seriously look at eliminating or at least curbing.
There has to be repercussions for inciting a bench brawl.
In youth baseball, you’re messing with a kid’s health. Is that really the right message to send to impressionable players?
When used correctly, a baseball is just as much a weapon as a hockey stick. We don’t send hockey players out to wrap their sticks around the necks of opponents. There’s no difference here Emotions play into it too. A player controls his own actions, but coaches should at least try and curb the behaviour a little bit.
Who wins should always be the goal. Trying to hurt a player while you’re losing makes you look like a joke.
No one cares if you win the battle, only if you lose the war.
Speaking of Bautista: How stupid does the bat flip look if his team loses the game?
If that happens, it becomes just a footnote in the game story and not the central part. Don’t get me wrong, it was awesome when he did it. We all went wild. The melee that happened a few weeks back was a direct result of the flip
Shouldn’t the scoreboard matter a little bit more than possibly breaking someone’s ribs?