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Baseball's Code of Retribution

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by tapintoamerica, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. tapintoamerica

    tapintoamerica Well-Known Member

    So you're the Tampa Bay Rays or whatever you're called these days. You're in or near first place in June and playing your nearest competitor. You take the field with a starting pitcher whose ERA is 3.24 and you tell him to throw at a batter and earn a certain ejection in the first inning? Is it really worth it to uphold some sort of childish Code if it threatens your chances of winning the game?
  2. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    Shields didn't have anything tonight, as evidenced by Boston's three-run first that included an absolute moon-shot by Manny over the monster seats.

    He figured what the hell, may as well hit Crisp when he comes up. He did it right, around the knee, and Crisp, who apparently decided yesterday that he's the toughest guy in Boston, charged.

    Francona really should have said something to Crisp after his comments last night. Looks like he didn't, and we get this silliness tonight.
  3. Overrated

    Overrated Guest

    I also think the Rays know the Red Sox are the team to beat and maybe, just maybe, they were trying to show they're not afraid of the big, bad Sox.
  4. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Good for them. They set the tone for the season when they took on the Yankees in a spring training brawl.
  5. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    Maybe, but I think it was more that they had to do something after Crisp's idiocy last night. He could have done some serious damage to Iwamura's knee with that slide.
  6. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    I don't know if I've been in a cave or what, but what sparked all this? Before the throw at Coco, I mean.
  7. Overrated

    Overrated Guest

    You're right. I think it has everything in the world to do with that. I just mean the fact that it got really heated, really fast.
  8. OnTheRiver

    OnTheRiver Active Member

    It goes back a ways. Back to when Pedro was with the Sox. There was something with Gerald Williams.
  9. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    The Rays are showing they are not pussy pushovers anymore.
  10. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    Last night, Crisp was mad because Bartlett blocked the bag with his leg as he went in head-first. So later in the game, he tried to take Iwamura's knees out on a steal of second.

    Iwamura got out of the way, applying the tag, but what happened this evening almost happened yesterday after that.
  11. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Crisp was upset last night because the Rays' shortstop blocked second base on his head-first slide, so he wiped out Tampa's 2B with a forearm on another slide later in the game and talked trash afterward, telling the Rays to take it out on him and not another Boston player.
  12. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Last night, Crisp got blocked at second on a sliding play, then took it out on Iwamura next time around with a hard slide that led to hard feelings.
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