9:41 AM CDT, May 17, 2012
I got an email Wednesday that protested my shredding of the Cubs-White Sox series this weekend.
Actually, I got a lot of emails. A friendly missive from Tim Kovacik explained that I “stink’’ because I included “so many Cubs negative lines and barely any Sox insults.’’
Thanks for noticing, Tim. And thanks for taking inventory. Let me show my appreciation by way of a web poll: Is it more surprising that a Cubs fan can read or that a Cubs fan can count?
But moving right along, the email I wanted to talk about came from Nate Dusek, who loves the designated hitter and loves interleague play:
“I’m a White Sox fan in Los Angeles, I moved here nine years ago for my job. Now I get to see the White Sox visit the Angels and A’s, but with interleague play, I can also see them play the Dodgers, Padres and Giants, which equals me buying more tickets which equals more revenue for them.’’
Forget for a moment the lunacy of making a revenue argument when the Sox are the worst road draw in the majors this season.
Instead, focus on the point that he loves the DH and interleague play that brings his Sox to California more often. Talk about lunacy: If you love the DH and you’ve seen the Sox play the Dodgers, Giants and Padres on the West Coast, then you should’ve seen the problem already and you should hate it. If you’ve seen the Sox play the Cubs in Wrigley, same deal.
No DH. No fair. This is not a new brand of hatred, but the hatred for people making stupid decisions has not waned.
Sox fans should be exasperated with baseball’s idiocy that demands interleague play between leagues that have significantly different rules. An important part of the Sox’s lineup will take a seat this weekend. Adios, Dayan Viciedo.
Just as Viciedo got hot -- 7-for-12, two homers, six RBIs in his last three games -- the Sox left fielder will be out of the lineup against the Cubs. Robin Ventura said Paul Konerko would play first base, and because Ventura wanted Dunn’s hot bat in the lineup, the Sox manager planned to moved Dunn to left, forcing Viciedo to the bench because NL rules call for the pitcher to bat.
As if the Sox aren’t bad enough with runners in scoring position. As if the Sox aren’t worse with two out and runners in scoring position.
I’m not against the DH. I’m not in favor of it, either. I just can’t take the continued weapons-grade stupidity of baseball on the issue. What’s worse, unless the NL adopts the DH or the AL eliminates it -- slim, meet none -- this kind of continuing weapons-grade stupidity will occur every day next year, right down to the last week and last game of the season.
Let’s examine a scenario: Let’s say the Sox get the “Nate Dusek Special’’ and are scheduled to finish next season with a six-game, two-city road trip to Los Angeles and San Francisco. NL cities, NL rules. Let’s also say the Sox are in a race fro the second wild-card spot with the Yankees, who finish with six games at home against Pittsburgh and the Cubs. AL city, AL rules. The Sox will have to sit down Viciedo or maybe Dunn or Alex Rios, while the Cubs insert Reed Johnson as DH against C.C. Sabathia.
Looks like an L for the Sox. Looks like an LOL for baseball’s 162-game schedule.
Sox fans, make sure you tell Chairman Reinsdorf to thank his pal, Bud Selig. It’s one thing to force the cockamamie idea that a meaningless exhibition in July determines home-field advantage for baseball’s crown jewel in October, but there always has been a sense of forced justice about the regular-season schedule. Six months and 162 games previously determined the best teams as fairly as possible.
But Selig’s blackmailing the Astros into the American League will corrupt that worse than AL teams playing interleague games in NL parks. Congratulations on finding a way to minimize one of baseball’s strengths.
One sport, two leagues, two different games, one moron in charge. Play ball, such as it is ridiculously stipulated.
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