Just another sports rant…
Our local sports guy on the radio — a raving idiot that I can hardly stand, actually — was going on and on and on about this story this morning on my way to work, so I decided to look into it a little more.
A few excerpts from the article I found first:
Yankees ace Chien-Ming Wang is expected to be sidelined until at least September after injuring his foot running the bases, prompting club co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner to chastise the National League for playing without a designated hitter.
An examination in New York on Monday showed Wang partially tore a tendon and sprained his right foot Sunday during the Yankees’ 13-0 interleague win at Houston. He will be on crutches and wear a protective boot for a minimum of six weeks.
“My only message is simple. The National League needs to join the 21st century,” Steinbrenner said in Tampa, Fla. “They need to grow up and join the 21st century.
“Am I (mad) about it? Yes,” Steinbrenner added. “I’ve got my pitchers running the bases, and one of them gets hurt. He’s going to be out. I don’t like that, and it’s about time they address it. That was a rule from the 1800s.”
I mean, it is unfortunate when a star player gets hurt but this was of his own doing. It’s not like he was cheapshotted or anything. As far as I can tell from the story, no one even touched him — it is baseball after all.
In all seriousness, I don’t think it’s the National League that needs to grow up, I think it’s Hank Steinbrenner that needs to.
Give me a break. I mean, if Major League Baseball wants to join the 21st century, shouldn’t they be using aluminum bats by now?
Making a rare appearance on the bases at an NL park, Wang pulled up rounding third and hobbled home on Derek Jeter’s single. Wang doubled over after scoring, pointed toward his right foot and was helped off the field.
“This is always a concern of American League teams when their pitchers have to run the bases and they’re not used to doing it,” Steinbrenner said. “It’s not just us. It’s everybody. It probably should be a concern for National League owners, general managers and managers when their pitchers run the bases. Pitchers have enough to do without having to do that.”
Pitchers have enough to do, huh Hank?
They throw a freaking ball and are paid millions to do it. I dunno, my job entails a lot more than throwing a ball as hard as I can for a couple of hours once a week. You don’t see me complaining, do you?
Can these guys possibly be babied any more?
And what about the pitchers in the National League? Last time I checked, they had to bat and run the bases all season long. Oh yeah, they pitch too… I guess they’re just more skilled athletes…
I wonder if they get paid more in the league that’s stuck in the 1800s?
After the game, Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina summed up the problem that AL pitchers sometimes face at NL parks.
“We don’t hit, we don’t run the bases,” Mussina said. “You get four or five at-bats a year at most, and if you happen to get on base once or twice, you never know. We run in straight lines most of the time. Turning corners, you just don’t do that.”
This is the quote I love best, “We run in straight lines most of the time. Turning corners, you just don’t do that.”
I dunno, I think I picked up turning corners as a toddler. You?
Must be a rough life as a pitcher in the American League…