Bryce Harper brought up the stupidity of the unwritten rules of baseball once again the other day. I couldn’t be more in favor of what he had to say. Baseball needs to change its attitude to welcome not only the International flair but the celebratory nature of a younger generation.
Baseball is so behind in so many ways to so many other sports. Harper goes on to talk about the overall culture of the game and how it needs to change to relate to the younger generation of athletes. He says “Jose Fernandez will strike you out and stare you down into the dugout and pump his fist. And if you hit a homer and pimp it? He doesn’t care. Because you got him. That’s part of the game.”
Many people, most recently Goose Gossage, took seriously offense to the Jose Bautista bat flip in the playoffs. That bat flip was fucking awesome. But if Brian McCann were on the field he would feel the need to enforce baseball’s unwritten rules. Because he’s stupid. What if our other sports were like this?
What if every time Odell Beckham Jr. scored a touchdown someone on the opposing team felt disrespected? If the NFL followed some sort of code similar to baseball, there would be legit murders on the field. What about the NHL? Sorry Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin, you can’t celebrate after that ridiculous cross-ice one-timer goal. Just quietly go sit on the bench, respect the game and each other. Screw that.
I don’t know why baseball hasn’t come along similar to the other sports in terms of expressing the fun that grown ups playing a child’s game have. Why do players feel the need to protect the game? The game is fine. The game will evolve by itself if you would just let it. These are the same people who are still holdouts that don’t believe in advanced statistics in any fashion. The only sad difference between these gatekeepers of the game and dinosaurs is that they’re not extinct.