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I think it's fair to say that all of mankind has always been such melodramatic weenies.
have baseball players always been such melodramatic weenies?
There's a great little clip somewhere out there of Babe Ruth getting hit on the arm with a pitch, and kind of flicking at his upper arm as he trots down to first base, like "What was that? I think a fly must have landed on my arm." Apparently he couldn't even lift his arm later, but he wasn't going to admit it then.
Here is the clip.
One of the most famous incidents of charging the mound was back in 1956.
Several Rangers players and coaches said Donaldson was upset in a game on May 21 that Darvish wasn’t challenging him with fastballs.
had to be pulled away from the dugout railing
Why would a batter get upset over this? If Darvish and the Rangers decided that they would have a better chance of getting Donaldson out by using pitches other than fastballs, don't they have every right in the world to throw him pitches that would have the best chance of getting him to make an out?
I don't remember ever reading stories about Ruth charging the mound, or John McGraw, or Ty Cobb, or Billy Martin (as a player).
Yes, a case can definitely be made that players 40 or more years ago were less melodramatic and obsessed with personal slights, and were less willing to start fighting at the drop of a hat, as long as you make sure to say "Except for Billy Martin".
When did "charging the mound" become a thing?
I don't remember ever reading stories about Ruth charging the mound
This. Is this yet another unwritten rule I have never heard of? Because that seems ridiculous.
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