Can’t Play Ball

The same week that over two dozen Congressmen (and one woman) played hardball in Nationals stadium, Toronto Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston reinforced the fact that the American League plays a game that’s not quite baseball.

His closing pitcher Scott Downs sprained his toe running to first base in an interleague game. I suggest his “athletes” should cross train, perhaps learn to run without hurting themselves as standard procedure.

He chose instead to whine and tell his other pitchers not to swing at the ball.

(“At plate, pitchers from AL in peril”, USA Today, June 19, 2009)

“Peril”, USA Today?

Also Secretary of State Hillary Clinton broke her elbow this week without even having to bat. Perhaps we need to increase the mandatory safety gear for AL pitchers and Cabinet members.