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By Alex Kuhn
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Hear me out...When assault with a deadly weapon is OK

 

May 6, 2017



When assault with a deadly weapon is OK

It’s 2017 and we’re hitting, or have passed, the timelines for a lot of futuristic ‘80s and ‘90s movies like “Blade Runner,” “Mission to Mars,” “Back to the Future I and II” and, hilariously, “Timecop,” which was made in 1994 and took place in the distant future of 2004.

With the exception of “Timecop,” I’m not going to bash any of those movies for trying to predict the future. Figuring out the future is tough with endless variables going every which way. But some things you would have thought in 2017 would be long gone.

A quick list of “that’s still a thing” in 2017 would be; Why are we still letting daylight saving time steal sleep from us? Why do we celebrate Christopher Columbus for getting lost, then terrorizing Native Americans? Why is there public funding for professional sports stadiums? Why do people still eat black licorice?

Come on people, black licorice is disgusting. It doesn’t even deserve being called candy. It’s only use should be as a form of punishment, like if a child curses or the CIA needs a terrorist to talk.

A sports version of “that’s still a thing?” would be, why are baseball pitchers allowed to purposely throw mid-to-high 90 mph fastballs at a batter’s head?

I like baseball, I’m a Chicago Cubs fan and still riding the momentum from that World Series, and it’s one of the best sports to watch live too. But baseball has always had the dumbest and pettiest “unwritten rules.”

As a whole MLB has the most sensitive athletes in all of major professional sports. Stare at your home run for anything longer than 3.75 seconds, a fastball is coming for your dome at some point in the game or series. In fact show any joy or excitement while playing the game that merits having a ball placed in your back or thrown at your head.

To make it worse you have the “defenders” of these moronic rules, like Houston Astro Brian McCann, who say it’s perfectly fine to throw a baseball at someone’s head because God forbid you enjoy playing the game.

The irony of most of these “defenders” is that that say they’re doing it for the kids because they don’t want young players to see that kind of showboating behavior. But throwing a 96 mph fastball at a player’s head because he “crossed the line,” that’s alright.

Such sound logic.

Try applying that same logic to your everyday life. Next time someone cuts in front of you at IGA or Blair’s, grab some black licorice and fire it past that person’s head. Then when Worland’s finest comes asking questions, bring up the “unwritten rules” and see if that will get you out of a charge.

With all we know about concussions and brain injuries you would think that the MLB would do something to stomp this behavior out. Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado made an excellent point, if he were to charge the mound with a bat and use that bat on the pitcher who hit him on purpose not only would he be banned for the season but possibly for life, along with all the charges that would be brought against him for assaulting some with a bat, and rightfully so.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred needs to start dropping the hammer on players that act out like this. It’s a simple fix too, if a pitcher intentionally throws at another player it’s an automatic four-month suspension, do it again a full-year, then after that a lifetime ban.

There would be grumbles and arguments that start like “You just don’t understand…,” but they’d be wrong. We understand completely, and it is dumb.

Then instead of saying “that’s still a thing” we could say “that used to be a thing.”

 
 

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