The Bullpen

So, there is nothing more entertaining in sports than the bench-clearing brawl, wrastle, push, bat throw (Clemens), or the Nolan Ryan cow-poke.  I guess it is not the most entertaining moment, but is a “bye catch” of a very tense moment in sports…when the batter gets hit with the ball.  Nobody knows what is going to happen, its all up in the air.  It all depends on what happened the inning before..the batter before or just what mood the pitcher is in.

I bring this up on the heels of last nights game between the Nationals and the Braves where Teheran been, plunked, hit or drilled Bryce Clayton.  Now, Bryce is the kind of player I think you only like if he is on your team.  In my past these players were Jose Canseco, A.J. Pierzynski, Milton Bradley and John Rocker for the Rangers.  Ok, im straying….Bryce gets hit with the pitch, it looked on purpose in retaliation for his slow ass trot around the bases for his prior home run.  He deserved, he deserves it every time…cant stand him.  But the point is, at this point the benches clear, in a more reserved motion…nobody threw punches, just coming out to support their respective batter and pitcher.  Then, it happens….the delayed movement…always in the same manner, that perfect point of time, usually about a 6-7 second delay after the benches get on the field…as though it is timed with the production crew…the cameras show the Bullpen opening the gates…the Bullpen trot begins.  Now consider that these fights only last about 5-6 seconds, if we are lucky.  With that in mind, there is nothing more graceful than seeing the Bullpen boys gracefully, trot…jog towards the epicenter of the quarrel just in time for it to be over.  I dont know why this entertains me so, but it does.  Every fight in baseball that happens, there is nothing more enjoyable than seeing the Bullpen flee the fence in perfect timing for it to be over by the time they get there.

My senseless thoughts for the day!

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2 thoughts on “The Bullpen

  1. Couldn’t agree more. The baseball fight is one of the more laughable examples of our herd instinct at work. I’m only surprised a few token suits from each front office don’t pop out there for a little posturing while they’re at it. I wish other sports would learn from hockey: just the two protagonists, people. Anything else is clutter.

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