Monday, May 7, 2012
What's With the (N)Attitude?
First and foremost, Nationals GM Mike Rizzo (any relation to Frank?) is a grade-A bozo. He came out with a statement saying “I’ve never seen a more classless, gutless chicken-shit act in my 30 years in baseball." He also went on to use the phrase "polar opposite" way too many times and compared hitting a player with a pitch to the Saints bounty scandal in the NFL. Really Mr. Rizzo? In 30 years, you haven't seen anything more gutless than a pitcher beaning a hitter just above the waist? Maybe you should pay more attention. You also ought to hire yourself a PR person. I understand that you are trying to bring the Nats franchise back from the dead here, but respect is earned and your team hasn't earned anything 30 games into the season. Shut your mouth.
Secondly, what kind of message is Major League Baseball sending by suspending Cole Hamels for 5 games? I understand it has to be done to set a precedent, but think about it; you are suspending a player for being honest about what he did. Jordan Zimmerman went and plunked Cole Hamels in the leg an inning or two later and faces no suspension because he lied about it after the game. If anyone honestly thinks he did not deliberately go after Hamels with that pitch they are crazy. So one pitcher is suspended and one is not, the difference being that one player told the truth and one lied. Sounds like a pretty dangerous game, eh?
Finally, is this the first time that a player has ever admitted to throwing at somebody? Where did this sudden outrage come from? I believe the great Jose Mesa once vowed to throw at Omar Vizquel every time he faced him, and did. I don't recall him ever being suspended for 5 games. Hitting batters and retaliation are part of the game, and should remain that way. The fact the the league, players and GMs are trying to decide what is kosher and what isn't is just stupid in my opinion. This is nowhere near the level of danger as we have obviously seen with the deaths in the NFL and the NHL, and to play it up as such is ridiculous. Everybody needs to settle down and let the players play the game. Okay, I'm done.