Saturday, September 7, 2013

Just Because it is Violent Doesn't Mean it is Bad

I'm worried. The way sports are changing these days anything that comes close to contact is being removed from sports. For example, in football what used to be a legal hit to a wide receiver over the middle that is up in the air now is "hitting a defenseless receiver" and getting anywhere near a quarterback is a flag. Now people are trying to change the only thing in baseball that even comes close to a collision. In baseball there are rare plays at home plate where a runner collides into the catcher trying to knock the ball out of the catcher's mitt, sometimes the collisions are violent (where unfortunately the catcher gets hurt) but most of the times the collisions don't even happen.

In 1970 Pete Rose knocked out Oakland A's catcher Pete Fosse at an All Star game and Fosse was never the same after that incident. I can say that Pete Rose was a nut and shouldn't be a Hall of Famer, but that's a post for a different day. It has been a part of the game since day 1 and it shouldn't go away because gasbags want to be all sensitive.

I heard an ESPN gasbag say "Let's leave boxing as the only violent sport" and I thought to myself "how soft is society getting?" Why can't this rare play stay as part of the sport as it always has been? It isn't everyday that a catcher gets ran over by a runner and gets hurt. Catchers who don't know the appropriate way to block home plate usually are the ones that get hurt. Getting the ball and bracing for the collision usually helps the catcher avoid getting injured. Now stop messing up sports and teach kids the right way to do things.

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