Okay I completely understand there are a few unwritten rules in baseball #1 to show respect to your own teammates and #2 to show respect to your opponent are fundamentals. But are you aware some unwritten rules apply to the game? Some of these include. Do not bunt to break up a no hitter, do not swing on a 3-0 count when your team is comfortably ahead, do not swing at the first pitch of the at bat if the pitcher has allowed back-to-back home runs, do not steal bases if your team is ahead by a significant amount. Now remember these unwritten rules are in place to not rub salt in the wound so to speak of the losing team.
The Goal of Baseball.
Okay so now Let’s discuss the goal of baseball. The goal is to Score more points than the other team. Right?
Now that being said. Players also have to keep certain stats to stay in the majors. No player wants to get “Sent down” so of course they are going to work hard at winning games, and improving their Stats. Some times that means breaking the unwritten rules.
And still other times these rules might be broken unintentionally. What I mean by that is some times a player or team may not think they are breaking these rules, they are in the mindset that even though they are winning the opposing team still has a chance for a comeback to win.
For instance some teams are known for coming back from a huge deficit and pulling off a win in the last inning or two. Not to mention the fact that honestly Baseball is pretty much a game of chance.
Or that is my opinion anyway. I mean really think about it. If one team can get 5 runs in an inning is the other team not just as capable of that happening as well? Or with every pitch is the pitcher not taking a chance that the batter might swing at any pitch he throws?
Now there are some cases that these unwritten rules should definitely be upheld. For instance if you are winning the game with a score of 13 to 0 and it is the 9th inning it is pretty safe to say the other team is not going to come back for a win and it would definitely be rubbing salt in the wound in this instance. But only being ahead by 4 to 6 runs and knowing your opponent has a reputation of coming back in late innings is a different story.
Of course, you are going to continue to play hard. I mean after all the point of the game is to score the most points and WIN!
Unfortunately some players/teams are sore losers and get butt hurt when they lose especially if they feel the other team has BROKEN THE UNWRITTEN RULES.
That was the case in the game between the SF Giants and the Washington Nationals.
So here is how things played out.
Second inning – Brandon Crawford hit a double to right field, Joey Bart walked, Then Mike Yastrzemski hits a single allowing Crawford to score. Then Austin Slater hits a home run to right center field. Making it 4 – 0 then Wilmer Flores singled to right,Then Darin Ruf singled Then Thairo Estrada walked to load the bases. Then Crawford up again hits a double clearing the bases. Now 7 – 0 lead. So all seven runs were made in the 7th.
Then nothing again until the 5th inning when Maikel Franco of the Nationals hit a homer making the score 7 – 1 Giants.
Then again nothing from neither team. Then at the top of the ninth. This is where it gets interesting folks.
With two outs Thairo Estrada ran on an 0-1 pitch and Brandon Crawford hit a single over the head of Washington shortstop Alcides Escobar.
Escobar grabbed the ball and threw out Estrada at home plate.
No big deal right? WRONG! The Nationals got all butt hurt thinking the Giants were trying to rub it in and breaking those fore mentioned unspoken rules. By Estrada trying to steal a base and then trying to score.
Escobar then proceeded to walk over and start yelling into the Giants dugout.
How I see it.
Yes, the Giants could have just left it how it was, but they as always were playing to win. They were not trying to rub anything in. They were trying to make their lead harder to get a handle on.
They knew with the Nationals line up there was a possibility that the Nationals could still have a chance of coming back to tie if not win the game a six point lead really is not that much. I mean the Giants scored all seven of their points in one inning.
I commend them on their play hard no chances tactics. I also feel if anything Them playing as hard as they did until the finish should show the National players that even in the ninth inning they still felt a threat of a possible loss.
Shoe on the other foot.
Do you think if the roles were reversed the Nationals would not have tried to put more of a gap on the scoreboard? I sure think they also would have continued to play hard.
Come on this is Baseball “A Sport” it is meant to be competitive!
Teams are there to WIN not give up. You think when these players sign their contracts they say yes, I want to play ball, but I don’t want to try too hard to win because I don’t want to hurt any ones feelings? No, they sign that contract knowing each and every game they will give it their all!
Win or Lose.
Remember your mom telling you it’s not if you win or lose it is the fun of playing the game?
Well this is true, and these guys really do just enjoy playing the game, but they also get millions to win games, play hard and keep the fans coming.
They have to prove on a daily basis they are worth the millions they get paid.
The only comment was made by Martinez and all he said was they did some things we thought were uncalled-for. HUH? Since when is trying to keep the lead in a game uncalled-for?
When asked after the game about what upset him. Escobar declined to comment. Maybe because at the end he knew he was being a 6’1 big baby over the whole thing.
You known the saying if you can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen?
Well if you can’t take the loss get off the field!
LET’S GO GIANTS!!!!!
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