Bryce Cry Baby Harper Doesn’t Get His Way Again Someone Call His Mommy

Bryce Harper needs an attitude adjustment from John Cena.

It was a full count at 3-2 with Bryce Harper at the plate. The pitch was thrown slightly left and Harper thinking it was a ball headed towards first. However he was wrong, it was a strike. Base home plate umpire Max Guyll called him out on a strike. As for Harper he didn’t agree and within seconds he re-in acted a scene that we have seen several times.

Harper threw his helmet on the ground and began yelling while standing face to face with base home plate umpire Guyll. Harper was pointing fingers, digging his cleats into the ground, and screaming at the top of his lungs trying to prove that the pitch called a strike was a ball. Though base home plate umpire Guyll didn’t care as Harper was immediately ejected.

Fans rose to their feet clapping and cheering as number 34 left the game. One fan even yelled “there’s that maturity, there’s that maturity” repeating it several times. He was right, there was no maturity and there hasn’t been any shown from Harper as he’s always getting ejected from arguing with the umpires. When will it stop? Nobody knows, and after being selected first in the MLB Draft doesn’t help either as it may just make matters worse.

Harpers attitude that he’s been showing to the umpires is just horrible as he displays an “I’m better then you” type attitude and it needs to stop. Just like your mother always told you “Santa’s watching” well young Bryce the major league umpires are watching you, and these outbreaks are going to catch up to you. These fights and arguments displayed by yourself may turn a ball just outside the box a strike instead of a ball. These umpires stick together Bryce and you better start showing them some respect because they may break or make your career. Also too let’s be honest why were you even getting in Guyll’s face? You really do owe him an apology because he could’ve easily have given you a nice beat down. In the meantime Harper cry me a river build me a bridge and shut up and just play baseball.

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Brawl in Fenway Just Isn’t Right

David Ortiz and Kevin Gregg fighting after exchanging words.

Fighting; it happens everyday. Rather it’s an argument or if it’s physical, it happens and happens at all different extents. You see it in your town, your school, your job, and many other places…but sports? Yes, it’s in sports too, however is it right?

Now while Boxing and UFC, fighting is the main objective of the sport so fighting is okay, but what about the others? Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Soccer, is it okay and if so where do you draw the line?

On July 8th David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox went up to plate. The first pitch an inside fastball, the second pitch another inside close fastball, the third pitch again an inside fastball except even closer. So close that Ortiz took a couple steps towards Baltimore Orioles pitcher Kevin Gregg, pointing and confronting Gregg about the close pitches. Ortiz after cooling off would go back to the plate and play would resume. On the fourth pitch Ortiz would pop out to shallow right field.

Then as Ortiz was walking back to the bench Gregg and himself would exchange some words. Ortiz still heated about the close pitches would charge Gregg pushing him several times and throwing several punches at pitcher Kevin Gregg. The benches would clear and the fans would cheer as there was a brawl in Fenway. A couple days later Major League Baseball would lay down the last and final blow handing both Ortiz and Gregg four game suspensions and fines of undisclosed amounts.

This incident, between Ortiz and Gregg certainly wasn’t the first baseball ever saw, let alone sports ever saw. We have seen it before, the brawl of 2004 between the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons, Oregon running back Lagarrette Blount sucker punching Boise State’s Byron Hout after losing to the Broncos, or Tennessee Titans wide receiver Cortland Finnegan and Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson fighting after a shove match from the play before. We have seen it before, plenty of times, but the question remains, is it right? Is it right, that these players who are fighting on National Television in front of thousands of fans and cameras exchanging words and fists, is it right?

Why it seems exciting and great at first, in the long term after being replayed and talked about and shown all over the world these fights or incidents are wrong. These fights or incidents not only make the two or more people involved look bad, but they send the wrong message to the future generations to come. Why I’m not saying everyone holds hands and sing kumbaya, I’m just saying that these fights and brawls have to come to an end.

So if it’s laying down harsher punishments or creating new rules to help prevent it, then it has to be done. Though even if that’s not possible the main thing that should be done which is inexcusable, should be the players involved in the matter apologizing to the media and saying some message to the fans and the people watching about how their actions were wrong. Now that would help make things better. Kumbaya.

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Opening Day Brings Hope To The Baseball Masses

There’s no one day in sports that gives as much hope to the masses as Opening Day. Major League Baseball’s Opening Day is something more than just the beginning of a season. It’s hope realized even for just one fleeting day. Fans of all teams can come together and pray that their collective team can somehow, against everything, give them a long, winning, and meaningful summer. This is what makes Opening Day so special, but it’s just one of the many things that does.

If you’re a fan of Major League Baseball, once the first of April rolls around you are ready to get back into first pitch strikes, throw them strike them out double plays, and of course the long ball. Even if every analyst on ESPN has your team already out of it you find yourself dressed in your team colors ready for whatever is next. Opening Day is also the beginning of a new season. A season where, much like the actual season that surrounds it, hope springs eternal. No longer does winter’s cold bog you down. It’s spring and baseball is on. It’s time to play ball!

This is why so many will pay enormous amounts of money and sit in the cold to watch what at the end of the day is a seemingly meaningless baseball game on day 1. This is why people take long lunches and sometimes call in sick completely from work so they can just get a quick glimpse of that first pitch. This is why I can wax poetic about the first game in a 162 game season! That’s the allure of Opening Day and 2011’s version was no different.

2011’s Opening Day featured the defending champions San Francisco Giants losing to their arch rival LA Dodgers in a pitcher’s duel that went to the very end. It featured the upstart Cincinnati Reds coming from behind to walk off the field as victors on a game winning home run. And for better or worst, it featured the beloved and equally hated Yankees coming out on top.

All of these events were great, but none of them equaled the joy of having baseball back in our lives. However, thanks to Opening Day some needed hope returned also.

The Fordham Flip Goes Over The Top For Baseball Plays Of The Year

The Major League Baseball season is more than half over and there have been many great web gems and plays over the year (some say the best play of the year was captured on Opening Day when Mark Buehrle flipped the ball between his legs using just his glove). However, I would argue that the best baseball play of the year didn’t even take place in the Majors but rather took place in college. If you don’t believe me check out the play that many are calling “The Fordham Flip”:

When Fordham baseball player Brian Kownacki leapt over the play at the plate he not only avoided the tag and became an Internet sensation but he may have captured the baseball play of the year.

MLB: Yankees & Red Sox Open the Season

Sunday night marked the season debut for Major League Baseball.  The Yankees faced off against the Red Sox in Boston at Fenway Park.  The game initiating the first contest between the biggest rivalry teams  in baseball, and arguably, in sports period.  The game didn’t take long to heat up.  Only a couple innings in, Jorge Posada hit one of the shortest homeruns possible off the foul pole in right field.  The very next batter, Curtis Granderson, smacked a solo shot over the right center fielder giving the Yankees an early 2-0 lead.  The Red Sox would score 1 run in the bottom of the inning and the score would remain 2-1 until the 4th inning when the Yankees added 3 more.  With a 5-1 lead going into the 5th, the Red sox would begin their comeback.

Beckett had already been punched out of the game by the Yankees in the 5th inning.  Therefore, Sabathia looked to be the more prepared pitcher as manager, Joe Girardi, opted to leave him in to start the 6th.  The decision to leave him in was odd because Sabathia had given up a couple hard hits in the 5th and allowed the Red Sox a 2nd run, which easily could’ve been more.  After escaping a potential disaster in the 5th, Sabathia was up to an 85 pitch count which most managers would’ve assumed enough to call in a relief pitcher.  Instead, Sabathia came out for the 6th inning and let on a couple base runners, gave up a couple more hits and put runners in scoring position.  Still, Joe Girardi stuck with him until he had given up 3 more runs, ultimately leaving the Yankees and Red Sox tied at 5 going into the 7th.

The Yankees came back with 2 runs of their own, only to give them right back to Boston.  With the score all tied at 7, the Red Sox put 1 more run up in the 8th which ultimately sunk the Yankees, having been put on the losing end of an 8-7 thriller at Fenway.

The Yankees look to avenge their loss on Tuesday night at Fenway.  Needless to say, you can bet on an exciting game because neither team is ever counted out despite a several run deficit.  I believe that unless one of them is down by 10 runs, you can continue to call it a close game.