April 24, 2003
Eric Neel's Alternatives to...
Eric Neel's Alternatives to Rushing the Mound:
2. The next time they're about to get into it, show me two guys who drop the bats, drop the gloves, relax the fists, and settle their differences the "8 Mile" way, with mics and rhymes. [...]
Posted by at April 24, 2003 05:25 PM
4B. Nine words for payback: Anonymous call to the Homeland Security Office tip line.
7. Don't bum-rush him, moon him. That's died-in-the-wool, can't-miss comedy; plus, it will scare the bejeezus out of him.
Took my kid brother and a few friends out for pizza and a movie last week. They got to talking about "rushing the mound" and I wondered why the batter always drops the bat. I asked, Wouldn't it be more effective to hold onto the bat and drop it just shy of the mound, once the pitcher has run away screaming? Not something I'd ever advocate, but I do wonder why I've never seen it attempted.
It would be pussy to rush the mound with a bat in hand. But of course, throwing your helmet at the pitcher's head isn't pussy.
Well, Juan Marichal opened up that can of whupass with the bat against Dodger catcher John Roseboro. Marichal had thrown a couple of brushback pitches earlier, and Roseboro returned the favor on the throws back to Koufax. Marichal went with the bat to the head in response.
Even though it was Dodgers-Giants, it went a little far for most people.