Is this the same commissioner who allowed steroids to consume the sport of professional baseball producing bigger cheaters than the cast of The Perfect Score? The same commissioner who oversaw Major League Baseball go on strike on August 12, 1994 (The day before I had tickets to a Dodgers game in LA… Which I’m still pissed about)? The same commissioner who didn’t know what to do in the extra innings of the 2002 All Star Game so he ended the game in a tie? The same commissioner who just always looks like a baffled old man? (Seriously though, what is Bud Selig always confused about?)
Well great job, Bud! You have yet again found a way to rear your ugly head (and that’s an understatement) into baseball by making a decision that makes absolutely zero sense.
(And just for the record, I’m not calling you Bud because I like you. We are by no means friends. Not until 2012 when you plan to retire at the end of your contract. I’m only calling you Bud because it’s your nickname.)
Abreu was granted a timeout before Beckett’s pitch was thrown. Abreu asked for the time out after waiting in the batters box for an extended amount of time as Beckett was holding Angels third basemen Chone Figgins on second base.
The timeout was granted after Beckett had started his windup, and he finished the pitch as most pitchers are taught to do to prevent any chance of injury.
After the pitch was thrown in the vicinity of his head, Abreau threw his hands up. Beckett started walking toward home plate and both benches cleared. The Angels didn’t throw any punches. As for the Red Sox, Coco Crisp is gone after being shipped to Kansas City in the offseason so they didn’t throw any punches either.
The whole situation just consisted of a whole lot of name calling, “You’re mother’s a whore!” yells, and some angry “I’m not very fond of you” looks.
ESPN.com had this quote from Beckett:
“I don’t really feel like I’ve done anything,” Beckett said. “I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do. Am I supposed to give him a hug? I wasn’t really in a hugging mood right then. I really don’t know what he wanted me to do.”
I’m not taking the side of the Red Sox in this situation. If the teams were swapped positions, I would still be arguing how ridiculous this suspension is. If you watch the video, it seems highly unlikely that Beckett’s intentions were to throw at Abreu. And he doesn’t even become hostile until after Abreu starts yelling at him.
So tell me again, Mr. Selig, why you are issuing a suspension to anyone on either side of this conflict?
You know how many times this happens in baseball? And to suspend a player 6 games?! For a pitcher that could quite possibly be 2 starts!
If this is the case, then you ought to start issuing suspensions for the other things in baseball that are much worse. Such as players who leave in the middle of games to hang out in the scoreboard, players with really ugly haircuts, players who pull really mean pranks on teammates, and whoever the jerk was that shot and killed G-Baby!
Come on, Bud. If we are going to put up with ou for 3 more years, then you better only start crakin’ down on the issues that really need your attention.
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