Thursday, July 26, 2007

Hit The Showers, Son


Before I start confessing my obsession of A-Rod on the eve of his 32nd birthday - and exactly where he ranks historically, I need to get your opinion/thoughts on what went down last night.

Last night, I was ejected from my first baseball/softball game (in this instance, softball). Going into the game, I was already in a heated mood, as I had spent all day negotiating (or arguing, depending on how you want to spin it) with work clients about additional fees. Anyways, that's neither here nor there.

Here are the specifics...entering last night, our team was tied at the top of the standings in a pretty competitive league (after all, it is only softball) -- sitting at 8-1. The league I speak of is considered a "modified league", meaning that nearly any type of underhand pitch fits the bill.

Well, I'm our team's pitcher -- and the fat f*ckin' ump had it in for me from the get-go. I'll be honest, I throw peas -- darts if you will. Anyways, this ump wanted no part of what I had to offer. Instead, his strike zone preferred that of a "popcorn pitch" -- you know, the pitch that loops and then lofts into the strike zone. Clearly, this ump was only familiar with slow pitch softball.

By the 4th inning, I had had enough! And yes, it takes A LOT for me to say anything, as I've been taught (since I've been a toddler) to NEVER show any type of emotion when on the mound. With the score tied 4-4, I tweaked -- I'll be honest, I lost my marbles. I had an adolescent moment. Needless to say, I was shown the showers.

Per league rules...when a player is ejected, his spot in the batting order remains -- and, thus, becomes an automatic out. That being said, our team's cleanup spot in the order now recorded two automatic outs during the later innings.

In the end, we lost to a far inferior team 12-7.

My question to you is (remove yourself from the fact that I'm a Yankee fan, and answer the question as if it were you in the same situation)....

Do I owe my team an apology?

12 comments:

Nightmare said...

No apology needed. What good is it going to do for you to apologize?

Are you not going to be the pitcher anymore because you didn't say your sorry.

I will say this. If an ump is calling a different strike zone don't you need to adjust?

Anonymous said...

Men don't apologize.

Simply Suds said...

You absolutely apologize. It's men's softball for f*cks sake...you can make your point to the ump with some verbal, but the tantrum is JV. Talk to the ump between innings and come to an understanding on what he wants.

There's nothing I hate more than men that argue during softball. Everyone has a moment and i can't say i haven't had a moment myself....but friend to friend....that's embarrassing.

Anonymous said...

definitely apologize. why do you idolize Jeter? above all else, Jeter is so well respected not for his stats, but because he's a class act. am i right or am i right? be classy. show class. you've got nothing to lose by apologizing, and only face the prospect of gaining the respect of your teammates. Nightmare never apologizes... Do you really want to be like Nightmare? He's a mess.

Simply Suds said...

Nightmare's entire life is an "I'm Sorry!" If only he said those words to his high school sweetheart, maybe he would have saved me some grief.

RhodyTrojan said...

If you cost your team the game because you lost it, you owe them more than an apology.. I would invest in at least 10 30 racks..

Remember.. true champions adapt..

Norman P. Orlando said...

Chieftain, coming from somebody thats known you for a long time, you might be one of the biggest head cases I know. You're one 'tweak scene' away from being deemed mentally unable to function in society. i.e. you're performance in the airport coming back from Carolina.

That said, I think it goes without saying you owe your team an apology, if for nothing else complaing about the $ you have to spend for the league...however I don't know enough details to pass judgement i just know i hate when people do that (see anyone who has ever split anything with nightmare). But don't forget...its company softball..KEEP IT TOGETHER!

But Suds and RT are right, being a true champion you have to adjust to the officiating of a game. Never...NEVER, blame the outcome of a game on the officials. Unless they are betting on the game and have vested interest.

In closing yes, you should apologize and buy a 30 pack. Keep in mind this is coming from the kid that got kicked out of a rec hockey league in college, being banned from all sports moving forward and losing his work study job. And by the by, I love posing questions to the readership. Keep up the good work Chieftain!

Jack Parker said...

Maybe they are kicking you out of the league for thinking you are the best player in the league, when you really actually suck. I play against you, I know who you are. You're a joke.

Chieftain said...

Jack Parker is a funny guy. Everyone, stand up and give him an ovation.

jack parker said...

I'd call it, the uhhhh....Masterbater?????

Anonymous said...

I don't like the tone of jack parker. That being said, you should say sorry. Bringing a 30 makes it into a bigger deal than it needs to be. Guys say sorry and move on. Doesn't anyone have a brother? You fight. Say sorry. And move on. This happened to be your turn to be the "drunk brother."

Simply Suds said...

Woah, woah, woah...anonymous. Bringing a 30 pack never makes anything a bigger deal than it has to be. The more beer, the better. Who the hell do you think you are?