Originally posted by estragandI just feel that Varitek's going to get some flack for starting a fight with his FULL catcher's gear on. Was A-Rod still carrying his bat when he was attacked?
Nope. He gently tossed it aside before throwing some F Bombs at Branson ( which McCarver tried to cover with "He's saying "Bring it on"). Did anyone else notice Varitek trying to lift A-Rod to drop him on his head before the rush of players stepped in.
I seriously doubt the intent was to drop A-Rod "on his head." It was more akin to a wrestling single-leg takedown in order to get A-Rod flat on his back...so that he could start "pummeling his head" before people got there. Totally different.
Originally posted by PalpatineWThe next fight I want to see is Theo Epstein giving Buck and McCarver the what-for. Perhaps the shaky knee drop. The way they were tripping over themselves to fellate A-Rod was absurd. Varitek was some sort of aggressor, but not A-Rod. Now he's a "warrior!" Ridiculous. Take your base. No mention of Nomar being hit the day before, and quietly and professionally taking his base, either.
Yeah, hitters talking shit to pitchers needs to stop...but since it won't, announcers "fellating" hitters who talk shit to pitchers needs to stop. Hitters have been given all kinds of favors over the past 10 years and pitchers have been left out to dry, losing jobs, salary, etc because of it. Hitters shouldn't have any problem with the occassional HBP or "close call" unless it's at the head...especially since so many of them are crowding the plate now and taking away the pitcher's meal ticket, the inside strike.
I mean, I'm a Barry Bonds mark, but even I was rooting for Mark Prior when, in his rookie season, he hit Bonds (with a fucking CURVEBALL) and heard some words from Barry. Prior simply stood on the mound and told Bonds to bring it, doing everything but giving Barry the Rock's little hand-gesture. So now I'm a Mark Prior mark as well.
Sorry for the tangent, but sometimes pitchers need some fellating too.
On one hand I can see the business aspect for the game going over seas to start the season ... then again I see Bobby Valentine's view as well Click Here (sports.espn.go.com) I wonder if this got him officially blackballed from MLB.