Friday, April 07, 2006

crybaby baseball players

I was poring over my Yahoo! News this morning (because that's as close as I get to a newspaper), and came across this gem.

In short, a junior college baseball player tried to sue the pitcher who he claimed intentionally hit him with a pitch. The kid's lawyer (who probably had my Torts professor, since we discussed this very issue in class and came to a similar conclusion) decided to sue the school, the manager of the other team, and the makers of his helmet, since that pitcher was obviously out to get him and someone deserves to pay for the broken helmet. Unfortunately for that kid, the judge has apparently seen (or even played in) a baseball game before, and understands that the occasional brushback or beanball is an integral part of the game. (See: Martinez, Pedro)

"The judges concluded their opinion by quoting a Hall of Fame player: 'In the possibly apocryphal words of New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra, 'It ain't over till it's over,' but this means that for Avila's complaint against Citrus College, it's over.'"

Whatever happened to the good ol' days of the bench-clearing brawl? Or, at the very least, the very mean stare as the hit batsman saunters down to first?

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