Sunday, June 05, 2011

Gwen Knapp = hypocrite

Of all the blathering nonsense defending Scott Cousins, perhaps the most offensive comes from the SF Chron's Gwen Knapp who insists that Cousins was just "doing his job" in delivering a potentially career-ending cheap shot to the Giants franchise player.

She's an utter hypocrite and a practioner of pretzel logic. Knapp spent years on the Barry Bonds Hate Train, writing insight-free columns that bashed Bonds again and again for suspected steroid use and for not being charming to reporters. So it's OK in Gwen's fevered mind to go out and deliberately injure someone but to use a performance enhancer -- even though it wasn't illegal at the time -- is an egregious crime that merits her scorn and the collusive blackballing of Bonds by MLB.

Knapp is also flat out inaccurate as a poster named Papi Chulo points out -- the problem with the Cousins trampling Posey is that Posey WAS NOT BLOCKING the plate.if he had been then by all means go ahead and try to dislodge the ball.the fact Posey was in front of the plate and there was a clear path for Cousins to get home is what makes the collision filthy.PLUS Cousins had to change his direction to INITIATE the contact.


Blogger hilarie said...

Honest to god, I despair. Even Joe Posnanski framed this issue -- in a conversation with Bill James, no less -- as "catcher blocking the plate." The fact that it is clear from every angle that Posey was well up the first base line, not blocking the plate, has no presence. Apparently facts suck and pre-existing prejudice rules. I've also heard and read people talk about "Cousins rounding third," basically claiming the runner had a big head of steam. He tagged up. People only see what they already believe.

That said, it seems Cousins did exactly what he has been trained to do, and even if it was a lousy decision at the time, it was a much-endorsed decision. The fact that so many baseball people 1) call the play "clean" and "the way the game is played" and 2) believe a "rule change" is or would be needed to protect the catcher shows that in terms of baseball belief systems and culture, the play is accepted and even valued, and that nobody reads the rulebook. It's already against the rules both for a fielder to obstruct the runner's path to any base (which Posey was not doing) and for a runner to interfere with any defender's attempt to field a thrown or batted ball (which Cousins clearly and disastrously did). There is no exception for home.

Practically everybody is tired of this subject, but maybe that's good for deliberations on how to handle the overall situation. Instructions to the umpires, notification to teams would do it.

5:54 PM  

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