Rib Sandwiches from The Cheap Seats
"Make Baseball Fun Again."- Bryce Harper- Spring 2016. He was referring to bat flips, like the one Jose Bautista launched into the night in game 5 of the October 2015 playoffs.
With that quote, aaaaaallllll the talking heads on ESPN and MlLB, jumped up and ran with it. Mostly telling baseball fans that they HAVE to accept the kind of NBA gyrations that seam-heads hate. Insinuating that the game will pass you by if you don't embrace the cartoon carnival celebrations. And then the Blue Jays came to Arlington. With a long memory, and even meaner streak, retribution was in order. Game on the line, 8th inning of a rubber match and the last AB for Bautista; SP gave Jose a 90+ mph rib sandwich. New School vs. Old School. It lead to a jaw dropping punch by Rougned Odor, after Bautista tried to take him out "breaking up a double play". "Bautista is a f---ing disgrace to the game," Goose Gossage once told ESPN. "He's embarrassing to all the Latin players, whoever played before him. Throwing his bat and acting like a fool, like all those guys in Toronto."
Most of the vernacular Monday morning was that the Rangers were wrong to do it that way, but that's easy for pressed suits to say. They forget this is the last gentleman's team sport in America, and it HAS AND WILL ALWAYS POLICE ITSELF. Walter Johnson, Dizzy Dean, Bob Gibson, Don Drysdale, Goose Gossage, Nolan Ryan, Greg Maddux and Pedro Martinez will tell you the same. They lean over the plate, show you or a teammate up or "It was really hot and I didn't feel like throwing 4 pitches for an intentional walk, so I popped the guy in the wallet"- Don Drysdale. This has and always will be the way, no matter how bad MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred wants to NBA-ize this grand old game. Remember, this is a part of baseball, it's not an apocalyptic end to humanity. Tough boys with tough rules.
"Sometimes you gotta give a man a rib-sandwich" HOF SP Pedro Martinez after drilling the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez in the middle of the Boston-New York rivalry of about a decade ago. He was right then, and the Rangers are right now.