I have a comment to make about the cheating issue, but before that I want to address this beaning subject:
I oppose throwing at anybody. Under any circumstances. If I were going to throw at someone it would be with a 60 mile an hour straight ball aimed at the gluteus.
When a pitcher hauls off and throws a 100 mile an hour fastball at the head, that’s another thing entirely. We have frequently seen such a pitch and the guy who throws it should be severely punished. Meanwhile, I understand where corn is coming from, but he is using an extreme example to define the general rule.
and its tangential to the subject at hand which is “cheating; who did what and who knew about it”?
Hinch knew about it and took no steps to combat it. He says he disabled some cameras. I am highly skeptical of that because it smacks of tokenism. He didn’t say anything about calling the team together and giving a speech or a lecture about honor integrity and about how cheating isn’t necessary with this team. Wouldn’t a manager of a team do such a thing under such circumstances? And yet he didn’t. He didn’t even claim to have done so.
Why not? The reasons why not are all bad, and all of them stems from the idea that cheating wasn’t bad enough to take serious action. If we grant that, then it is easy to accept that such an attitude is common throughout baseball. And if we accept that, Then in order for the sport to have any integrity at all, we must seriously investigate and severely punish anyone involved, including Jose Altuve and my own favorite Collin McHugh, who will break my heart as much as Raffy did.
It is a strawman to bring up any other situation and say, “well they didn’t do anything when X happened.” That’s a foolish argument to make. Are you suggesting that because they ignored a problem then it’s OK to ignore it now? The flaws in that suggestion should be obvious to anybody with opposable thumbs, and therefore it is a waste of time to mention it at all.
The investigation should be very thorough and very complete, and everybody who is remotely involved should be punished. It should start with Joey Coral who did not even feel the need to acknowledge what he did. The first step to redemption is acknowledging what you have done, and Cora hasn’t even done that, nor have the Red Sox.
so it started with Houston but here’s a fervent hope it will continue with Boston and not stop till the problem is dealt with.