posted on Apr, 18 2006 @ 01:34 PM
Well, I think scantily clad cheerleaders have no biz in a sport, myself. They can pose in Playboy if they want, or even Penthouse (though that might
cost them their cheerleading jobs), and they can try go get into the all-holy Swimsuit Issue, too.
And I probably don't need to tell you what I think about why it was that particular individual threw out his back sneezing!
But baseball never has liked to do its fighting in public. Those bench-clearing "brawls" are nothing like the many REAL fights I got in as a young,
active alcoholic, and I'll bet many of you still get in real fights occasionally, none of which is anything like the "fights" players get into on the
field in baseball, while protecting themselves from injuries. Nor are they anything like barroom brawls I've peaceably witnessed since sobering up.
More to the point, they're nothing at all like, for example, the hockey brawls that fans love so much, because managers don't want to allot 2 or 3 of
their precious roster spots to goons with no discernible baseball skills. They'd rather burn those spots up on reserve players and #10 and #11
pitchers with no discernible baseball skills.
And, as I said above, the REAL baseball fights have, through the years, occurred under the stands, out of eyesight, after the game is over. A LOT of
great players have done so, though nowadays they are likely to get fined, or simply not to get paid while on the DL afterward. And the pay for 10 or
20 games out of 162, 6 to 12% of the kind of annual income THESE guys make, you don't want to lose. In my day as a starving student struggling to get
through my university (and getting a lot of very hard looks from great professors)? As long as I could still pick up a poker hand and move my poker
chips, which I always could, then I didn't care.
But I don't think brawling is a valid part of the game, any more than artificially inflated bimbos on the sidelines are. And, think about this
please, when was the last time you saw a REAL fight of any duration between heavily padded and helmeted football players? I suppose a real boxer
could kill one of those guys with body punches, but otherwise, they just hurt themselves punching each other, no?
So, the NFL has made its amazing rise to the top without that cr@p.
Yeah, for sure, everyone thinks of football players as more manly than baseball players. And on average, they are far bigger and stronger. Lawrence
Taylor had--as if he needed it--a Black Belt. Many baseball players have the asset more American men should use in a fight, if they had any sense: A
good set of legs. And the brawls beneath the stands, though still extant, are nothing like they once were.