Across this line, YOU DO NOT…
Can we talk about throwing punches for a moment?
There are certain things that you just don’t do. For example, you don’t bet on baseball games when you’re involved in the outcome. Also, you don’t punch people. You just don’t. It’s not OK.
I don’t care how bad things are going for the Cubs. I don’t care how much A.J. Pierzynski may be loathed by ballplayers around both leagues. I don’t care if Pierzynski showed up the Cubs by pounding on home plate, or if he danced on the star at midfield of Texas Stadium. It’s not OK to coldcock him.
Ergo, this is simply unbelievable to me. Ten games? For absolutely clocking another player who didn’t hit you first? And moreover, Barrett is saying he wishes it had been LESS and he is appealing?
I’m almost wihtout comment. I’m overwhelmed. First, I’m disgusted that Barrett only got 10 games. I would have started at 25. If you’d told me 50, I would have been perfectly OK with that. You want to talk about setting examples for kids when it comes to drug suspensions? How about violence?
You get 10 games for a corked bat or doctoring a baseball. This is worse. If the names had been reversed, and it were Pierzynski punching Barrett, my feelings would be the same. It’s simply not OK, and Barrett is almost unfathomably fortunate that he’s going to be out for such a short period of time.