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Tough guy reporter thinks the Rays should throw at Derek Jeter

Sep 17, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

Doug Fernandes of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune has some advice for Joe Maddon and the Rays when they face the Yankees next week:

Joe Maddon has an answer for everything, so I’m sure the
Tampa Bay skipper doesn’t need any advice on how to handle the fallout
from Knobgate.

However . . .

This one time, an exception will be made. If I were Maddon, I’d have
Matt Garza deliver the pitch heard ’round the Bronx, and felt in the
general rib-cage area of Derek Cheater, eh, Jeter.

Darn straight. Monday night at Yankee Stadium, the start of the
four-game rematch between two teams with another reason to amp up the
dislike, I’m ordering Garza, the scheduled Rays’ starter, to plunk the
New York shortstop the first time he comes to the plate.

Nothing too injurious, certainly nothing around Jeter’s head. But a
fastball buried somewhere in his side, according to baseball’s unwritten
code, is in order.

Then, as Jeter shakes off the pain–which I hope is considerable–and
trots to first, Garza, normally a fiery sort anyway, needs to shout
something to the effect of “that base you deserve.”

Wouldn’t that be fun?

If, outside of the sports world, someone suggested a course of action with the purpose of inflicting “considerable pain” on a person and then called it “fun,” that person would be considered a sociopath or worse. But this is baseball, so it’s perfectly acceptable. Oy.

Stepping off my hitting-players-on-purpose-is-lunacy soap box, I’ll note that it’s stupid for another reason too: Derek Jeter ain’t hittin’ all that well these days, so plunking him in the ribs and awarding him first base is to do him a favor.
Other than that . . .

  1. klbader - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Can we plase stop label everything with a -gate. Look, we called it Watergate because that was the name of the hotel. I could see why we went with Whitewater-gate. But really, knob-gate? Did the writed list his name a D-Bag Fern-Rod?

  2. Ditto65 - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    I did not know that there was an unwritten rule covering a revenge HBP for faking a HBP.
    We really need write these down.

  3. birdmancometh - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    But then they wouldn’t be unwritten!

  4. birdmancometh - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Ah, are you proposing label-gate?

  5. Buccofan - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    You don’t hit him in the first inning. Why risk a big rally and/or having your starting pitcher ejected? You wait until the game is decided, then have some September call-up plunk him.
    Then you do it again the next night. And the next.

  6. MK - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    These aren’t Joe Torre’s Yankees. Should Jeter get hit one night it won’t take until “…again the next night. And the next.” for retaliation to occur.
    Which means that the Rays will risk injury, benches will likely clear, fights will likely happen, and players on both teams get suspended or even hurt.
    In other words, really stupid idea, Buccofan.

  7. geoknows - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Considering that Maddon approved of Cap’n Jetes’ actions as a smart baseball play, I don’t see this happening.

  8. Buccofan - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    So Pretty Boy gets a free pass for admitted cheating? I think not. The Rays MUST retaliate at some point, and late in a decided game is the best time to do it.

  9. Aarcraft - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    I’d agree with you, but I think that ship has sailed.

  10. Gobias Industries - Sep 17, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    Maybe instead of hitting him they should just tickle him. Think about it; when he gets in the batter’s box, the catcher should just start tickling Jeter until he pees himself. It would be much more humiliating and effective than hitting him with a baseball. I guarantee Jeter would never pull his little stunt again. Just a suggestion. I know if John McGraw were alive today and managing, he’d be on board with it.

  11. Detroit Michael - Sep 17, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    No, they hit Jeter once and he knows why. If you hit him again and again and again, you just invite more retaliation risking injury to both teams. The Rays already have a decade long beanbeall feud with the Red Sox — I don’t think they are looking to create another one with a divisional rival.

  12. basiltherat - Sep 17, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    What sort of retaliation should the Rays plan for Lance Barksdale, the home-plate ump who screwed up the call?

  13. Kevin S. - Sep 17, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    I want to know what we’re going to call it when the scandal about Dasani not using safe filtering technologies breaks.

  14. MK - Sep 17, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    If the Yankees get to hit the the Rays catcher the next time he pulls back a pitch outside the zone that’s called Strike 3 on a Yankee hitter, sure.

  15. Paper Lions - Sep 17, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    Instead of throwing at him, every Rays hitter should feign getting hit on every inside pitch and have a trainer come out to closely examine his fake injury while he winces as if in pain. In fact, they could have fielders do it after every hard hit ball. Such shenanigans would be funny (to me) for quite a while…I’d want at least a dozen visits from the trainers.

  16. Kevin S. - Sep 17, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Yes, he gets a pass, because baseball has done nothing but lionize this form of cheating (as opposed to other forms of cheating, which it demonizes).

  17. MK - Sep 17, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    In the spirit of hitting Jeter again and again and again, I’d like the Yankees to go through video and compile a list of Rays to hit. Here’s what I think we all can agree on are the acceptable starting points:
    – The aforementioned catcher framing a pitch out of the zone that’s called Strike 3
    – Any outfielders who sold the umps that a ball they trapped was cleanly caught
    – Any infielders who missed a tag or the bag and the runner was erroneously called out
    That should cover most of the guilty.

  18. fscott19 - Sep 17, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Can we just stop overreacting to this?

  19. Bull Durham - Sep 17, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    I am completely on-board with this plan!
    The best part would be listening to all the analysts telling us that this is just good gamesmanship and how baseball has always had an element of this.

  20. jaypeso - Sep 17, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    When did writers become tough guys? These are the same dorks that wrote in their journals in highschool while the baseball and footbal team ran trains on their so called girlfriends.

  21. Jonny5 - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    bottlegate of course. Watergate is too played out…

  22. steelers rule - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    I would throw at that overrated punks head! He gets all the credit when he is a 2 time World Series LOSER! H erides the coattails of everyone else.

  23. YANKEES1996 - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    What the hell is the matter with you… IT IS PART OF THE GAME!
    Jeter realizes that he most likely will be hit during the next series and he will take it and not say a word because that is the kind of player he is. We do not need to get into some type of beanball war and have a bunch of players hurt and or ejected. Please keep your stupid comments to yourself.

  24. FrankZappa - Sep 17, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    i hope his ribs shatter

  25. Glenn - Sep 17, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Brilliant idea. How about if the catcher just pees on him. That could work on several levels.

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