Glenn is not a sports aficionado… by any stretch of the imagination… but even he could not get over a new rule that came out of Major League Baseball winter meetings yesterday.
“Can I ask you something? Nothing makes sense anymore. And I don't know anything about sports, but the home plate collision thing – that seems ridiculously stupid,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “Again, I don't know anything about it, but is this the wussification of America again?”
“Thank you,” Pat said. “You're exactly right.”
Pete Rose sounded bowled over.
Charlie Hustle, who famously flattened Ray Fosse to score the winning run in the 1970 All-Star game, couldn’t believe Major League Baseball intends to eliminate home-plate collisions by 2015 at the latest.
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, chairman of the rules committee, made the announcement at the winter meetings, saying the change would go into effect for next season if the players’ association approved. Safety and concern over concussions were major factors – fans still cringe at the thought of the season-ending hit Buster Posey absorbed in 2011.
Players, both current and former, generally seem unhappy about the rule change because it fundamentally alters the nature of the game, but Stu had some insight into why MLB would implement the change.
“Well, the NFL just paid $800 million in lawsuits related to concussions,” Stu surmised. “That's why. That's what it is.”
But Glenn wasn’t buying it.
“Look. If you are getting into the NFL and you're getting a concussion and this is somehow or another a surprise to you, you're a moron. Now, I know there must be a lot of morons in the NFL, but do you really want to stand up and announce to the world how much of a moron you are,” Glenn asked. “It's like boxers trying to saw. You're getting hit in the face, of course.”
Ultimately, Glenn, Pat, and Stu wondered whether or not the tightened rules and improved equipment might actually have an adverse effect on safety.
“Rugby doesn't have this problem. The incidence of damage, severe damage to neck and head in the NFL is much higher than rugby,” Glenn said. “Why? Because the more safety equipment you use, the more invincible you feel and so it's the reverse effect. In rugby you know: I'm going to get hurt badly.”
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