Papelbon, Harper, and a sport without a soul
Posted by keithosaunders on September 28, 2015
There’s something wrong with baseball these days but it’s difficult to put one’s finger on the reason. It’s as if the force is out of alignment. Oh wait a second, it just came to me – the players are a bunch of jerks!
Let’s see if we can sort this out. Manny Machado showboats after hitting a homerun. Two innings later Jonathan Papelbon retaliates the old school way, the biblical way, by plunking Machado with a high and tight fastball.
Harper, jerk that he is, throws Pap under the bus telling the press that it was uncalled for and that the upshot would be that he (Harper) would surely be beaned in the next game. He described Pap’s bean ball as “pretty tired.”
Flash forward a day or so and Harper does not run out a fly ball during a key at bat. Papelbon, Mr tough love, can then be seen screaming at Harper as he returns to the dugout. Heated words are exchanged between the two ‘gladiators.’ before a fight breaks out in which Pap chokes Harper. Stay classy, Jonathan.
Papelbon, in his bungling way has pulled off a coup once thought impossible – he’s made Harper appear sympathetic. Yes, I agree with the old school credo that bean balls have their place, but you don’t show up your team’s future MVP on national television. Take that shit to the locker room! Furthermore not running out a fly ball isn’t the end of the world, particularly when the emotion that led to it came out of frustration, not ennui.
All of this is mere window dressing, however. A kind of sorbet before the real baseball drama begins: The playoffs! This year featuring a certain team from Flushing known as THE NEW YORK METS!