Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Why Must Professional Baseball Players Act Like Children?

For many years the rivalry between the Yankees and the Red Sox has been very hot.  I remember that back in 1977-78 when I lived in New London, CT, geographically half way between the two cities, the lines were drawn between rooters of the two teams.  While I worked at Pfizer back then  Butch Sini was the biggest Yankee fan while Dick Drolet cheered for the Bosox.  It is quite likely that one of them will win the American League East crown while the other will get the wild card.

In last night's game Yankee catcher Francisco Cervelli clapped his hands demonstratively in front of Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia as he crossed home plate after hitting a home run.  When Cervelli came up to bat in the 7th inning Boston pitcher John Lackey plunked him in his shoulder.

Hey guys - Two wrongs don't make a right.  Taunting an opposing player is not the right way to celebrate.  Cervelli should have just have high fived his teammates on the bench as stated by Yankee brodcaster Michael Kay.  Throwing a baseball 90 MPH intentionally at an opponent can seriously injure the batter.  At least Lackey threw at his shoulder not like Roger Clemens who threw at Mike Piazza's head.  I hope that bastard never makes it to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

These players make millions of dollars a year for playing a boy's game, yet why must they act like children?

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