The Guy Who Blamed Bryan Stow For Getting Beat To Death Doesn’t Think David Ortiz Is A Baseball Player
The following is from the same guy who wrote about how Bryan Stow, the Giant fan who almost died at a Dodgers game, had no one to blame but himself for the beating he took after the game.
Observer-reporter.com – Francona told 93.7 The Fan that it wasn’t fair he had to keep one of his most dangerous hitters and highest paid players out of the game. He also said his batting order is built around Ortiz.
How pathetic is it that Ortiz is either so fat or uncoordinated that his manager can’t find a place for him to play? … He’s such a clod that he risks injuring himself simply by stepping on the field without a bat? Sorry, if that’s the case, David Ortiz is not a baseball player.
While it’s obvious that this guy loves nothing more than to stir the pot and get his name out there, I feel obligated to give my stance on interleague play as a whole. For lack of a better term, it is stupid, and here’s why.
1 – You can’t have teams from two different leagues, with two different sets of rules play each other. It just doesn’t make sense. American League GM’s build their team for games with American League rules, and National League GM’s build their team for games with National League rules. When the Red Sox travel to Pittsburgh, one of their best hitters is taken out of the lineup, this is not fair to them. But at the same time, when San Diego comes to Boston, an already light hitting team is forced to insert someone who is usually a bench player into their batting order. This too is not fair. No matter what you do, the home team is always going to have the advantage during interleague play.
2 – It causes a terrible imbalance in the schedule. Because there are only a handful of interleague series’ each year, it would be impossible for each team to play each other an even amount of times. By default this means that team X is going to have a much harder schedule than team Y. Imagine at the end of the year your team loses the Wild Card by one game to a team that played the Mariners, Royals, and Baltimore in interleague play where you had to play the Yankees, Rays, and Red Sox. Kind of shitty, right?
3 – Nobody wants to see American League pitchers hit. At least once a year you hear a story come out about an AL pitcher who hurt himself either hitting or running the bases, whether it’s Josh Beckett hurting his back or Chien-Ming Wang destroying his knee coming across home plate. I know they are athletes, and blah blah blah. But they don’t do this all season long, they don’t practice it in spring training, so it’s unfair to throw them into it for two weeks a year. No one wants to see anybody get hurt.
Honestly, I would like to see them get rid of interleague play all together. In a perfect world I think you have two divisions with 15 teams each and the same exact rules. You play one series against each team in the other division (45 games total), and you play the other 117 games as evenly spread out between the rest of the division as possible. From there, the top 4-6 teams in each division make the playoffs. Boom, your perfect system. I’d like to see them do some sort of Round Robin tournament like they do in the Little League World Series, but that is a story for another day.