I have the distinction of living deep in the heart of enemy territory, where I can receive both Boston sports talk radio stations. I also do a lot of driving, so I get to hear them. By today, talk is turning to Jerry Remy's son, a batterer who has evidently murdered his girlfriend for no earthly reason. (Remy is the television color man for the Red Sox, and President For Life of Red Sox Nation).
Yesterday, however, the talk was all ARod, all day. The long and the short of it is that the great majority of callers approved of Dempster going after Our Little Alex, and were more than happy to share their reasoning. Now, sane people like us would probably say something along the lines of "it is irrational and perhaps criminal to intentionally try to hurt another human being because he cheats at what is a children's game." At least I would say that, and often sane people and I say the same thing.
So how does The Nation justify their feelings? I report this, I in no way endorse this. First, you should understand, ARod is a bad, bad man. Not David Ortiz, PED- using, non- hustling, telephone- smashing bad, but much, much worse. You see, Alex Rodriguez ratted out fellow rat Ryan Braun, and lovable Cisco Cervelli (although The Nation does not love Cisco).
Next, everyone disapproves of Alex playing at all, because he is a bad, bad man. He is appealing his suspension, unlike all of the good cheaters who are taking their medicine like real men. Not only do we not like him playing, but he is a bad, bad, man. Did we mention that?
Also, did you know that pitchers used to throw at hitters all the time? Please don't think about cheap shot artist Pedro Martinez, but of guys who would throw at Frank Robinson for hitting a double. (Yes, some caller actually said this). It's part of the game, or at least it used to be, and should be again, as long as they don't throw at Big Papi, I guess.
Finally, all they guys in the clubhouse don't like Alex either. So they supported Dempster going after him. And not just once, but four times, until he finally plunked him on the forearm. The tragedy in this is only that Dempster doesn't throw harder, and that he looked a bit foolish taking four tries to hit him. Because Alex Rodriguez is a bad, bad, man whom we don't like, and it's not only okay, but morally correct to express our displeasure by hitting him with a baseball thrown near his head at 92 mph. How could we not do this? Why didn't we do this Friday or Saturday? Because only the sainted Dempster, anointed Union Rep, had the cojones and moral rectitude to step up and do The Right Thing.
To be accurate, and I do strive for accuracy, some callers thought that Dempster was shaming the team, or at least that after the first pitch behind ARod's knees that the point was made, and that was Dempster's chance to make his point and that continuing on was wrong. But this is the minority view in Beantown. Just thought you might like to know.
Your friend, Designated Quitter.