That’s the dumbest thing I’ve seen posted about baseball on this board, with the possible exception of “Baseball’s current “right way to play” debate has its roots in American imperialism”.
Some of baseball’s “unwritten rules” seem moronic to me, like not being allowed an aggressive at-bat when your team is comfortably leading or being castigated for stealing or bunting when it’s “inappropriate”. Your team’s up 3-0 in the fifth inning and you bunt for a base hit? That’s “showing up the pitcher”. Yeah, right.
It’s not as though other sports are not afflicted with similar niceties. Football players are discouraged from playing hard when it results in “running up the score” - a situation where hurt coaches’ feelings are paramount. Example: a freshman Ohio State running back scored a rushing touchdown late in a blowout and his head coach (Tressel) was miffed at the “disrespect” supposedly showed the other coach, I mean team. Apparently the runner should have laid down when he got near the goal line.
However, one nice thing about baseball is it’s not full of look-at-me-look-at-me-pay-attention-to-me jackasses preening like mad when they happen to do something noteworthy. The day MLB games feature organized dance numbers around home plate when someone scores is the day I stop watching.
But that’s because I’m an imperialist who misses the good old days of slavery.