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Friday, August 05, 2011

Mahler (NYT): When Baseball Imitates Congress, and Not in a Good Way

What a spectacle of undignified behavior, of hypocrisy, of extremism, of civility abandoned, of epic brattiness. Could a despoiled city possibly have proved itself more worthy of its tarnished reputation?

I’m talking, of course, about last Sunday’s Tigers-Angels game at Comerica Park in Detroit.

Fargo Posted: August 05, 2011 at 07:58 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Fargo Posted: August 06, 2011 at 01:02 AM (#3893875)
The 'despoiled' city of Detroit had zilch to do with how this game was played or the fact that Jered Weaver, though pitching an excellent game, turned out to be such a loser.
   2. The District Attorney Posted: August 06, 2011 at 01:16 AM (#3893900)
(repost from the now-buried older thread on this topic)

Bill James, from his mailbag:
I thought Verlander's saying that it was bush league to bunt against him to break up the no-hitter was the MOST offensive thing connected with the game, and that if anything connected with the game was totally intolerable to major league baseball, it should have been that. Major league players have an absolute obligation to try to win the game, and the value of "respecting" a no-hit try cannot be allowed to take precedence over that. Anyone who suggests that it should, in my view, should be suspended until he apologizes and explicitly acknowledges that the other team has every right and every obligation to try to defeat him, without any regard whatsoever to personal goals.
   3. Matt Welch Posted: August 06, 2011 at 07:35 PM (#3894354)
This was not a very good column.
   4. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: August 06, 2011 at 07:50 PM (#3894365)
(repost from the now-buried older thread on this topic)

Bill James, from his mailbag:


I thought Verlander's saying that it was bush league to bunt against him to break up the no-hitter was the MOST offensive thing connected with the game, and that if anything connected with the game was totally intolerable to major league baseball, it should have been that. Major league players have an absolute obligation to try to win the game, and the value of "respecting" a no-hit try cannot be allowed to take precedence over that. Anyone who suggests that it should, in my view, should be suspended until he apologizes and explicitly acknowledges that the other team has every right and every obligation to try to defeat him, without any regard whatsoever to personal goals.

Paraphrased response to that Bill James entry: That's a more ridiculous overreaction than anything messers Weaver or Guillen conjured up Sunday.
   5. robinred Posted: August 06, 2011 at 07:52 PM (#3894367)
Probably won't happen of course, but this would make LAA/DET a potentially entertaining playoff series.

And I like that there now is some bad blood between PHI and SF.

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