Bad Unwritten Rules
Over the past week or so, two players have taken exception to Tim Anderson. As Sox fans, we naturally sided with Anderson, but since it happened twice in such a short period of time, let’s at least look at these cases and try to be unbiased.
On April 20, the Sox were losing 5-0 in the fifth inning against Verlander and the Astros. Anderson got a base hit and made a stolen base attempt on a 3-0 to the next hitter (Narvaez). The 3-0 pitch was out of the zone for ball 4, so Anderson was able to advance to second base regardless. For whatever reason, Verlander thought Anderson broke an unwritten rule by trying to steal a base while down by five. Not quite sure what unwritten rule he was talking about, but if such a rule exists, it is a weird rule and one that should not exist. If Verlander was correct, that would essentially mean that once a team is trailing by a certain amount, that team’s players should stop trying.
Anderson hit a leadoff home run to begin the second game of the doubleheader on April 28. As he crossed home plate, he was understandably pumped. Perez, who plays catcher for the Royals, noticed Anderson’s excitement and got triggered. In the bottom half of the inning, when Perez reached second base, he voiced his anger to Anderson, and that led to the benches clearing. So, why exactly was Perez mad anyway? Well…
This does not make sense. According to Perez, until a player has been in the playoffs, he should never be excited about anything.
Some unwritten rules are good for baseball, don’t get me wrong. But, the problems that Verlander and Perez had with Anderson are just plain idiotic. Neither of them had a valid reason to be angry at Tim, and frankly, it seems they were searching for something to be upset about. Let’s not take the fun out of the game and let the players play.