The Reuters global sports blog
We’re not talking about pedestrian infractions of Emily Post protocol like admiring a home run off your bat for a couple of extra seconds, or taking too languorous a home run trot around the bases, or stealing a base with a big lead.
Alex Rodriguez miffed Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden, who yelled at the Yankees slugger when he took a short cut over the pitcher’s mound on his way back to first base after running on a foul ball.
Braden, who a few weeks later hurled the 19th perfect game ever in Major League Baseball, said he would not stand to be disrespected that way. Even his grandmother, Peggy Lindsey, chimed in. “Stick-it, A-Rod,” she told reporters.
Homegrown talent and store-bought superstars — the Yankees formula for success for their 27th World Series championship claimed Wednesday with a Game Six victory over the Philadelphia Phillies that returned the team to the winners’ circle for the first time in what seemed to Yankee Nation like an endless nine years of waiting.
The deference once shown to the stars of America’s favorite pastime has given way to widespread cynicism when records are shattered, especially since Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa engaged in a spirited race in 1998 to break Roger Maris’s single-season record of 61 home runs, a chase that gripped the country with excitement.
In a bid to remove clouds of suspicion chronicled in the book Game of Shadows, Major League Baseball commissioned the “Mitchell Report”. While baseball is not the only sport facing problems, it’s the only sport so invested in an image of sweet American innocence.