Baseball vs. Soccer - Page 2
Baseball players refusing to play because of an argument? Unheard of.
There are plenty of jerks, players and managers, and many dugout fights. Former Yankee manager Billy Martin made a career out of fighting with players he managed (and everybody else).
During a game on national television, Martin went after his star player Reggie Jackson (who outweighed him by at least 50 pounds) in the dugout. The rest of the Yankees barely noticed. In fact, they went on to win the World Series that year. If any Yankee team Billy Martin managed threatened to boycott a game, let alone a World Series game, management would have had to reserve a whole hospital wing.
Speaking of the French, the world’s best player who played for them in 2006, got himself ejected for a head butt during an argument in the World Cup Final Game.
Not having the world’s best player might well have cost France the Cup. Having your best player ejected in a crucial moment from the Championship Game is a novel strategy baseball hasn’t seen fit to adopt.
Hard to imagine Derek Jeter or Albert Pujols headbutting a pitcher in the seventh game of the World Series. It’s the type of brilliant tactical maneuver France perfected last century in two world wars against the Germans, the kind that nearly made Paris a shopping suburb of Berlin.
The final reason baseball is better? Baseball has organ music. That’s bad. But soccer has the vuvuzela. That’s worse. End of discussion.