When did sports get so civilized

I’m watching Sportscenter this morning, like I do every morning, and I see the highlights from the Yankees game last night. Derek Jeter hit No. 2,416 to become third on the Yanks’ all-time hits list. He stands impressive with 2,416 hits for his career, carrying him past Mickey Mantle and into third place on the Yankees’ all-time list. Jeter now trails only Lou Gehrig (2,721) and Babe Ruth (2,518).
So he hits the ball to right field and safely lands at first. Upon finishing the play, the Toronto 2nd baseman throws the ball to the ump so he can give it to Jeter.

Just last week, the Red Sox’s Manny Ramirez hit home run 500 in Baltimore. Home run. So it landed in the stands of right center, where one lucky fan got to catch it and take it home. Scratch that, one loony fan got to catch it and RETURN the ball to Manny. Did you see the part where I wrote IN BALTIMORE? Not even a home game and the fan returned the ball.

Since when did everyone get so nice, cordial, polite and damn boring. I want George Brett and Pete Rose, Ty Cobb and boozin Babe Ruth. I want a bench clearing brawl dammit, not hand shakes and pats on the back.


2 Responses to “When did sports get so civilized”

  1. 1 schwenker
    June 5, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    see, this violent streak is why im afraid to come see you in the office sometimes.

  2. 2 -db-
    June 6, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Looks like you got your wish with the Sox-Rays brawl last night!

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