After two straight losses to the last place Chicago White Sox, it's hard to ignore the fact that the season is now getting away from the Yankees. If only this fact was as innocuous as the pitch that got away from Chris Sale last night, hitting Alex Rodriguez. However, it is not, and the Yankees are seemingly headed to their first absence from the postseason since 2008.
Speaking of being hit by pitches, what happened in Washington last night was just plain stupid. In case you haven't heard about it, Bryce Harper, one of the current and future stars of the game, celebrated after hitting a home run and got plunked by Braves pitcher Julio Teheran in his next at-bat. It led to a bench clearing brawl, during which no punches were thrown. However, some cyber punches were thrown, as the social media people for both teams traded barbs on Twitter.
The plunking and the Twitter fight make for an odd juxtaposition, when you think about it. Harper got plunked because he broke an archaic, unwritten rule of baseball. Twitter is one of the relatively new, very much written, ways to communicate. Social media proves that the world has moved into the 21st Century. Harper getting plunked makes MLB look like it has not. Using social media to argue about something so old and out of date is bizarre, to say the least.
I am not sure about all of baseball's unwritten rules, but I think it's time for pitchers and their teammates to stop taking offense when a hitter admires and/or celebrates hitting a home run. We live in a different world now. Players don't act as humble as they did in previous generations. They just don't.
Pitchers need to understand this. Come on, guys. Just get another ball from the umpire and get the guy out the next time he comes to bat.