Posted on: April 18, 2008 4:27 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2008 5:00 pm

Blog Cabin: Baseball is getting too soft

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I think baseball, and a lot of the fans, have finally started to get a little too soft for some of us old-school traditionalists.

This morning, I heard people, for the first time that I can remember, complaining that a baseball game went too long.

Last night, I watched as Boston refused to retaliate after Kyle Farnsworth buzzed a fastball behind Manny's head.

What happened to the game I knew? It’s always had its problems, but delicacy was never one of them.

It used to be that, if a game went longer than 14 or 15 innings, you were watching something special. It was history. It was an epic battle to find out which team wanted to win more than the other.

In the end, there would be a hero or a goat, and along the way you may see some of the most unconventional baseball ever played. You may see a second baseman come in to pitch. You could see pitchers pinch hitting or pinch running. Basically, it was two great games for the price of one.

Now that deal is too much for some fans? What, you guys can’t make it through one Friday on a couple hours of sleep?

OK, new rule: Unless you’re a surgeon or an assassin, you can probably survive being tired at work for one day. Actually, if you're an assassin you should probably be used to sleep deprivation, so surgeons are the only ones allowed to leave early.

As far as the Red Sox go, retaliation is not optional if guy goes headhunting for your teams’ MVP. Why Josh Beckett didn’t plunk A-Rod in the eight inning is beyond me. He knew he was almost done for the night, and he’s a big enough guy to hold his own if Rodriguez charged the mound.

There’s been a lot of that lately, though. A great hitter takes a couple fastballs square in the back... and nothing happens. I’m not saying you’ve got to bean anyone in the helmet, but at least knock somebody down. If I was Manny, I might have been inclined to have a few words with Beckett after that one.

As much as I hate to do it, I’ve got say that the Yankees did things the right way last night. Manny hit two dingers in the game, the second one of which was an absolute no-doubter. As usually, he decided to spend a little too much time standing at the plate admiring that one.

He showed up Mussina, and Farnsworth sent him a message. Anybody but Manny, and maybe that message means something. But, as we all know, Manny is Manny, and Manny is crazy.

I never thought I’d say this, but... nice job New York..

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