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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Olney: Baseball must end its beanball legacy

Late in Palmer’s career, in 1982, he remembers how rookie Cal Ripken—whose father was a longtime player and coach in the Orioles’ organization—batted in the first inning against Britt Burns of the White Sox in a July game. A pitch in that at-bat prompted Ripken to say out loud, “When is somebody going to protect somebody around here?”

Palmer wasn’t thrilled about Ripken’s tone, which was unusual for a rookie, but he noticed that Carlton Fisk was due to lead off the next inning. Palmer disliked how Fisk wore his uniform and, fixated on that, he hit Fisk on purpose. The score was 0-0 at the time, as the box score shows, and Palmer noted that in conversation. He hit the leadoff hitter in a 0-0 game. The issue of winning or losing the game had become secondary to the retaliation.

Palmer paused, and added: “My one moment of stupidity in 20 years.”

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: August 16, 2017 at 05:42 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: beanballs, cal ripken jr, orioles, unwritten rules

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   1. Batman Posted: August 17, 2017 at 10:59 AM (#5515236)
The Orioles won that game on a walk-off HR by Ripken.

More important to baseball history, Palmer pitched against the White Sox again 13 days later in the first game I ever attended. He didn't hit anybody in that game, and the O's lost.
   2. Rough Carrigan Posted: August 17, 2017 at 03:14 PM (#5515562)
Isn't it quite possible that Cal's dad had told him of the team's frustration that Palmer wouldn't retaliate on their behalf?
   3. shoelesjoe Posted: August 17, 2017 at 04:27 PM (#5515654)
What was Palmer's "moment of stupidity"? Drilling Fisk, or drilling the leadoff batter in a 0-0 game?
   4. Buck Coats Posted: August 17, 2017 at 07:32 PM (#5515797)
What about Fisk's uniform did Palmer dislike??
   5. JJ1986 Posted: August 17, 2017 at 08:58 PM (#5515874)
He probably wasn't wearing Jockey underwear.
   6. Walt Davis Posted: August 17, 2017 at 09:55 PM (#5515887)
What about Fisk's uniform did Palmer dislike??

Have you seen the monstrosities? (At least 50% chance that's not Albright)

Here's Fisk, doesn't seem any worse than anybody else although maybe that's not 1982.
   7. Rockwell Posted: August 18, 2017 at 07:01 AM (#5515972)
Probably best to take "how Fisk wore his uniform" as shorthand for, "how big a dooshbag Fisk was."
   8. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 18, 2017 at 08:18 AM (#5515977)
Here's Fisk, doesn't seem any worse than anybody else although maybe that's not 1982.

Pretty lame, but not half as hideous as those idiotic camouflage uniforms that teams trot out today, not to mention all the pink equipment.
   9. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: August 18, 2017 at 09:00 AM (#5515996)
Perhaps Palmer didn't like the idea of a Hall of Fame catcher wearing the number of a non-roster invite at Spring Training.

   10. Voodoo Posted: August 18, 2017 at 10:08 AM (#5516041)
I think those 70s/80s White Sox uniforms kick ass.
   11. Batman Posted: August 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM (#5516055)
Palmer didn't like that Fisk had changed his Sox.

AL East 4 Life
   12. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 18, 2017 at 10:38 AM (#5516058)
Have you seen the monstrosities?

In fairness, they didn't yet have Chris Sale to be their fashion consultant.

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