But do you ever go back and read some of the comments left?
For the past couple days, Night Owl, Stubby and myself have been having a spirited discussion concerning Chase Utley. Feel free to read our responses, but for the tl:dr crowd, the gist is that NO feels Utley plays the game hard and did no wrong in the take out injury from last year's NLCS. And the Mets are whiners for the rule change. Stubby thinks Utley is an asshole and the Dodgers are Bush leaguers. I think Utley may not have gone in with intent to injure, but he went in too hard and the rule change, while not perfect, is beneficial. I also did a lot of research and posted a ton of links. I tend to be that way. But one of NO responses was "You sure went out of your way to dig up ... well, I don't know what you dug up, because you're not proving anything. In fact, what the fuck are you talking about?"
Being that I have my own forum, I decided to respond more over here. I have a mailing from NO to show off (and it could be my last from him for all I know), but I am a pretty honest and upfront guy. At least I like to believe I am. I certainly don't have the readership of Night Owl Cards. I'm sure the Owl easily breaks triple digits with each post. I'd have to run a contest to hit that level in views. 25% of the numbers on my posts are probably accidental clicks or redirects. As I have stated - I write for me. I write for fun and enjoyment. Sure, I can put time into a post and feel sad if the views are low, but I'll keep writing and trying to be unique. I do a lot of Sudoko and other puzzles for the same reason I write - it keeps my mind sharp.
I tend to be subtle when I write. I will tap dance around what's in my head when I know it's bad. I don't like being negative in a direct sense, and the answer to "what the fuck are you talking about" is pretty negative. To Owl, and to anyone that has watched our discussion there, I should pull the band aid off and hopefully not piss anyone off. Greg - know that I love ya, and I hold no ill will against you. We both have our thoughts and passionate feelings about sports.
But I feel you are being biased.
We are all guilty of it. I am. There isn't a single blogger, nor reader of the blogs, that isn't biased in one sense or another. My point is your bias sees that Utley slide as a hard play, and the evidence is clear it was far too hard. Utley went in late, with no attempt to reach the bag and all attempt to take down the fielder. The injury could have been avoided, but Chase decided he was going to do whatever was needed to stop that double play, in violation of the rules that stood at the time. Sure, they changed the rules after the fact, and maybe the new rule isn't perfect, but it's a start. You say if the uniforms were reversed, you would be more angry, but still okay with it. I'm sorry - I can't believe you. I know if one of the players were is Sox pinstripes, his position in the play would affect my reaction and my bias.
I'll see my beloved Blackhawks get away with one, knowing that they should have received a penalty, or the call was light in our favor. And I'll even comment that we got lucky and chalk it up to "well, we were owed for this and that". The games (all sports) tend to balance themselves out over the season and what should have happened in one game is offset by what didn't happen in another. But there is no balance out for injuries. Granted, Tejada going out did not affect the outcome of the series, but what if it did?
I brought up the Greinke/Quentin altercation of 2013. Owl thinks Quentin is a lowlife scum. Quentin got 8 games suspension. Greinke lost a month time - maybe about the same amount of starts. Per NO, "Charging the mound is not anything that should be part of the game". I'll let you in on a secret of why I brought that play up.
I think it does belong in the game.
Think about it. You have a ball coming at you at 90 MPH. You have less than 2 seconds to react to the placement of the ball. The pitcher has complete control over whether you do or don't get hit. Some pitches away, but a few are intentional. And what's the recourse of a field player on a pitcher that intentionally plunks them? Do they get to throw a fast ball at him? If Puig gets hit by Matt Harvey, does he get to take the mound and throw one when Harvey comes to the plate? Sure, the other team's pitcher gets to send back a message. And they should - I support that as well. But messages should not at someone's head. Never. That's Bush League. And Greinke went Bush on Quentin. You can state the facts of the game at the time of the pitch - doesn't matter. Greinke was throwing at Quentin. It's evident.
Syndergaard threw Utley. And Greinke threw at Quentin. And if someone is intending to hurt you, in the heat of the game, you are going to take matters in your own hands. Do you think Quentin started running towards the mound thinking "I'm going to break his collarbone"? Did Utley slide thinking "I'm busting that leg"? No. Neither did. But injuries happen. History has existed between Greinke and Quentin. Greinke threw at Quentin's head. Quentin responded. Right or wrong - if you head hunt, expect a response.
Well, I think I have said my peace. As I mentioned, NO did send me some cards recently. Could be the last shipment from NY for all I know, but let's appreciate the rectangle goodness within.
Some shiny. A couple nice PC additions in the old school logo on the Crede and the UD Icons. Plus some pen corrected vintage and a sweet Fisk button. Thanks Greg.
In the heat of our discussion, NO tweeted:
Someone stop me from starting a blog called Chase Utley Is Baseball's Greatest Gift because I'm about 30 minutes away from doing it.— NightOwlCards (@nightowlcards) June 3, 2016
I'm an asshole. I just am. I also thnk humor solves a lot, so I kind of created one within the same line:
Carlos Quentin - The Man
Greg - in my book, we're cool. We're not going to be in agreement on everything, and we shouldn't be. It's who we are as humans to think as we do, form opinions counter to another and hopefully discuss amicably. Over at Night Owl Cards, you can say what you want, being honest and truthful. On your blog, everything is valid and correct, with not a single inaccurate word written.
But this is my house. And here - you're wrong.