Remember when Pete Rose bowled over Ray Fosse in the All-Star Game?
Rose was coming around third.
Fosse was blocking the plate.
Rose hammered him and was safe at the plate.
Fosse suffered a busted shoulder and never regained his All-Star form.
Rose always called it a 'good baseball play'.
It won't ever happen again.
The blocking the plate rules have changed.
Cut to last year's playoffs.
Chase Utley threw a slide at second base.
He broke the leg of the Mets Shortstop Reuben Tejada.
It was a garbage slide.
Utley thought it was a 'good baseball play.'
The rule has changed for the 2016 season.
Everyone is in agreement that the rule is stupid.
I'm not a huge fan of replay.
It sounded like a good idea knowing that an ump couldn't cost a kid a perfect game with an absolutely horrendous call at first...
...or that a homer could be ruled fair when an ump blew it.
But it's gone too far.
Now a runner holds the tag on the guy sliding into second. If the guy (who is clearly safe) lifts his spike a quarter of an inch off the bag to dust himself off and the tag remains, the runner is out.
(Unless it happens in favor of the Yankees).
And the bat-flipping, grandstanding, celebrating by dragging a dead parrot around the bases...
...I am an old guy...
I hate it.
Why are they messing with my game?
We still need good baseball plays...
...free of orchestrated celebrations!
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