MAN LAW: Man must have a firm and defendable stance on the designated hitter rule. Good Call.
In May of 2005 I wrote a post about how I had chosed to follow the Chicago White Sox now that I had moved to Chicago. I'm a devout NL guy, but I didn't necessarily hate the AL, so I thought it was ok that I make such a choice.
Well, things change in a year. I've recently decided that I hate all that is American League. The whole shabang. If any AL team plays an NL team, I will wholeheartedly root for the NL team even if it is the Cubs.
Ok I'll go ahead and say that part of this change of heart is the fact that my astros have recently lost 5 of 7 to the AL, and the entirety of the NL is getting completely ANNHIALATED by the AL. It's not sitting well.
Why do I hate the AL? They're cheaters. Ok, thats too harsh of a word since they do follow the rules of the League, but I will say the AL is built upon a lie, that its a bacteria to the game of baseball.
When the first baseball players got together in the 1800s to play the friendly game, the pitcher dug in the box and took the same kind of stuff he dished out. AL pitchers these days can throw at hitters and not be afraid of getting hit themselves. If this isn't sissyish, I don't know what is.
No no its ok *pansy* you had a rough inning. just sit here, put on your jacket, we'll get somebody else to work for you. Here, Derek Jeter will give you a manicure while you wait.
The DH first appeared in 1973 basically because American League fans all had ADD and wanted to see more scoring, and probably because AL managers were lazy. They basically abandoned the one thing that is the glue to all of baseball. History. It's really all we have. I say we get congress to disband the AL alltogether unless they give up the DH. (Hey, if they can get the wright amendment passed, I think we could make this happen)
And yeah, it gives the AL an advantage over the NL in interleague play. AL teams carry an extra big hitter while the NL carries an extra arm in the bullpen. Now tell me that doesn't make things slightly unfair. And especially in the world series when the AL gets home friend advantage, all of a sudden theres 4 games where the AL has Jim Thome as the DH while the astros put in Chris Burke. Don't get me wrong, I love Chris Burke, but it'd take 4 of him to trade for a Jim Thome.
And about AL managers: they don't do jack. They sit there, mouth off (guillen), fill in their lineup cards and sit back, relax, and watch their players play ball. Theres no strategy involved. NONE. Baseball IS strategy. And when you take that part out of it, its just a cheap form of entertainment where all you're interested in is big hitters, home runs, and scoring. AL fans think witnessing a no-hitter is a wasted ticket.
But bottom line is that the AL is a PLAUGE and needs to be dealt with. True that this season the AL has been pitching a lot better than the NL, but ditching the DH (or maybe just the entire American League) would even things up. (Yeh thats right Yankee fans, you guys can go too, we're better off)
I'm just glad that I moved to an NL town.
Go ahead AL fans. comment. argue with me. I welcome it.