Monday, April 26, 2010

The Unwritten Rules

FSH's David Dalati codifies the unwritten rules of baseball, in reference to the Dallas Braden/A-Rod dustup, with A-Rod running over the mound.

A few Astros players that were asked about the incident believe that Braden probably overreacted. But they all agree Rodriguez should not have crossed the mound.

Phil Garner:
“Call Nolan Ryan and ask him what he would have done if somebody ran across the mound like that. If he realized they were going to cross that rubber, they may have made it to their second step before they would have been decked.”

“Whatever the activity is, if it’s perceived as being disrespectful to the opposition, then it’s taboo. There are consequences, or at least there used to be consequences when people violate those rules.”

On an episode in San Francisco:
“We had a standing policy that on a 3-1 or 3-2 count, we were supposed to run. It was a 3-2 count; we were up by 5 or 6 runs. I didn’t get the hold sign from the third base coach so I took off running. My next at bat I got hit in the leg.”