Major League Baseball is contemplating discipline against LaTroy Hawkins for accusing a home plate umpire of wanting the Cubs to beat the Astros the other night:
It all began when Everitt ejected Hawkins in the eighth inning after
he disputed a called ball to Aramis Ramirez and continued to complain
after Everitt ordered him to “knock it off.” After the game, which the
Cubs won 5-1 on Alfonso Soriano’s walk-off grand slam in the 13th
inning, Hawkins sounded off.
“Maybe he was having a bad day,” Hawkins said. “I thought he had determined who he wanted to win the game anyway.”
. . . Asked by Houston reporters whether he regretted the remark, Hawkins replied: “Why would I?”
The best part of it is that Hawkins’ defense to accusing an umpire of
intentionally tipping the outcome of a game — which is about as
serious a charge as one can level — is “It’s America, dude.”
I think we have the front runner for CTB’s official motto.