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(Yahoo)   Modest Red Sox hero cites luck as he hits a game-winning home run... Just kidding, Mike Napoli of the near cellar-dwelling Red Sox gleefully calls the opposing pitcher an idiot as he grins and greets his teammates   (sports.yahoo.com) divider line 40
    More: Dumbass, Masahiro Tanaka, Mike Napoli, home runs, unearned runs, Brian McCann, Yankees  
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2014-06-29 06:45:08 PM  
Against the Yankees.

Yeah, Subby, it's the rivalry. Records don't matter.
 
2014-06-29 08:24:06 PM  
Meanwhile, the non Yankee/Red Sox part of the country just turns off ESPN and ignores this noise for the crap it always is.
 
2014-06-29 08:45:33 PM  
That's a tremendous amount of hand wringing in that headline. Don't hurt yourself, subby
 
2014-06-29 09:00:18 PM  
Big deal.

/Giants fan
 
2014-06-29 09:28:03 PM  

Generation_D: Meanwhile, the non Yankee/Red Sox part of the country just turns off ESPN and ignores this noise for the crap it always is.


Yay for you.
 
2014-06-29 09:43:46 PM  
Napoli was right.
 
2014-06-29 09:52:50 PM  
Tempest in a teacup. The news reporters seem to be trying to stretch his comments into something more than it was.
 
2014-06-29 10:22:51 PM  
I'm sure you're sufficiently outraged enough for all of us.
 
2014-06-29 11:11:14 PM  
Welcome to America subby. This is called baseball. New to the country?
 
2014-06-29 11:12:47 PM  
"called him an idiot..." to his teammates, in their dugout. It's not Napoli's fault TV has to over-saturate the broadcasts.
 
2014-06-29 11:16:53 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: Yeah, Subby, it's the rivalry.


Honest question, for you or anyone else: do players care about the rivalries*? Players get passed around so much, it seems unlikely that they can really start to hate a competing team, unless they grew up fans.

*other than in terms of fan service
 
2014-06-29 11:24:49 PM  
Dude, I was calling him an asshole for not burying the splitter in the dirt.
 
2014-06-29 11:32:18 PM  
He wasn't wrong. He shook off 3 signs from the catcher.
 
2014-06-30 12:16:19 AM  
Yeah Napoli admits that he was stunned that he didnt get a slider or splitter, neither of which he could hit. Bad pitch selection is bad.
 
2014-06-30 12:21:10 AM  
Wow, lots of apologists. I, and several others I know feel it was in poor form and kinda sad for near-cellar dwellers.

To he fair though, I'm a huge fan of sportsmanship in sports. Perhaps some of you are more zero-sum or Bosgonian than I.

Seemed a pretty lame and douchey thing to do.

/subby
//and fark the Red Sox anyway
 
2014-06-30 12:22:13 AM  
Bostonian even.
 
2014-06-30 01:24:25 AM  

skrame: OtherLittleGuy: Yeah, Subby, it's the rivalry.

Honest question, for you or anyone else: do players care about the rivalries*? Players get passed around so much, it seems unlikely that they can really start to hate a competing team, unless they grew up fans.

*other than in terms of fan service


Well there are definitely players that stay on for a few years or more and I think they get into it. Just look at the Mavs/Spurs first round series, both teams played like the long time rivals they are. Again, sticking to my Dallas teams, any NFC East game seems full of hatred and more effort than a regular game.  Not sure how it works out in baseball but that's how I see it.
 
2014-06-30 02:52:55 AM  

skrame: Honest question, for you or anyone else: do players care about the rivalries*? Players get passed around so much, it seems unlikely that they can really start to hate a competing team, unless they grew up fans.


Sometimes, mostly in hockey.
 
2014-06-30 03:03:26 AM  
You throw a fastball to Mike Napoli after he's already shown you that he has problems with your sinker and slider, yeah, you're gonna be called an idiot.
 
2014-06-30 06:19:50 AM  
I find it hard to believe that overindulged steroid monkeys in arrested adolescence can't conduct themselves with the poise and grace of a diplomat.
 
2014-06-30 06:31:46 AM  
RUN, DUMMY!
 
2014-06-30 08:20:43 AM  

inclemency: Wow, lots of apologists. I, and several others I know feel it was in poor form and kinda sad for near-cellar dwellers.


Life is rough for the professionally offended.
 
2014-06-30 08:32:07 AM  
dvdmedia.ign.com
 
2014-06-30 08:56:26 AM  

Evilsmurf: You throw a fastball to Mike Napoli after he's already shown you that he has problems with your sinker and slider, yeah, you're gonna be called an idiot.


Tanaka shook off two pitches before hand, my guess is he decided he wanted to fool the hitter and turns out the hitter wasn't. Yep an idiot.
 
2014-06-30 09:23:24 AM  
Grown men playing a kids' game and the worst player on either team is a millionaire, fark em.
 
2014-06-30 09:26:16 AM  
Napoli being a douchebag does not mean he's wrong about Tanaka's poor pitch selection.
 
2014-06-30 09:35:23 AM  
Where was McCann? He's such a good judge of character that I'd like to hear his opinion.

Wait, he's white, so no problem.
 
2014-06-30 09:50:30 AM  
This is the highest percent of people I've ever seen on their period in a fark thread.
 
2014-06-30 11:07:05 AM  
stop putting cameras everywhere and you won't here shiat that offends you

what's the next fake outrage?  boston player disrespects yankee stadium by putting his ass on the dugout bench?
 
2014-06-30 11:20:30 AM  

inclemency: Wow, lots of apologists. I, and several others I know feel it was in poor form and kinda sad for near-cellar dwellers.

To he fair though, I'm a huge fan of sportsmanship in sports. Perhaps some of you are more zero-sum or Bosgonian than I.

Seemed a pretty lame and douchey thing to do.

/subby
//and fark the Red Sox anyway


It was in the dugout. To his teammates.
And yes, Tanaka was an idiot to throw a fastball to Napoli.

/checks subby's profile
//location: Toronto
///figures
 
2014-06-30 12:44:34 PM  
And the problem with this is?
 
2014-06-30 12:51:20 PM  

skrame: OtherLittleGuy: Yeah, Subby, it's the rivalry.

Honest question, for you or anyone else: do players care about the rivalries*? Players get passed around so much, it seems unlikely that they can really start to hate a competing team, unless they grew up fans.

*other than in terms of fan service


Honestly, once they get to the team, they talk about "history" and "the rivalry". That goes for any sport. I'm sure that any newbie will get schooled in the rivalry factor quickly by other teammates.
 
2014-06-30 01:49:42 PM  

lilbjorn: Napoli was right.


Yup.  Pitcher should've thrown him another of those killer sliders.  Not the speedball.

Boom goes the dynamite.
 
2014-06-30 01:49:50 PM  

inclemency: Wow, lots of apologists. I, and several others I know feel it was in poor form and kinda sad for near-cellar dwellers.

To he fair though, I'm a huge fan of sportsmanship in sports. Perhaps some of you are more zero-sum or Bosgonian than I.

Seemed a pretty lame and douchey thing to do.

/subby
//and fark the Red Sox anyway


Not biased.
 
2014-06-30 01:53:09 PM  

inclemency: Wow, lots of apologists. I, and several others I know feel it was in poor form and kinda sad for near-cellar dwellers.

To he fair though, I'm a huge fan of sportsmanship in sports. Perhaps some of you are more zero-sum or Bosgonian than I.

Seemed a pretty lame and douchey thing to do.

/subby
//and fark the Red Sox anyway


When I saw this on Deadspin earlier I rolled my eyes and thought  "Nice, Napoli... save the trash talk for when you're at least playing .500 ball."  I figured it'd make it to Fark in one form or another. Even though I had the reaction I did, it's pretty much a non-story. He didn't call him an idiot while running the bases. He didn't showboat after hitting it.  Not surprisingly, the Fark Yankee fans that I know to be reasonable seemed to agree that the pitch selection was pretty odd and agree with Napoli's assessment. Tanaka is an excellent pitcher thus far. He just made a mistake.

I'm a Red Sox fan and I certainly understand your initial reaction... but doubling down on it and insisting it's poor sportsmanship and douchey Red Sox antics after knowing the entire situation just makes you look like a hater. A hater that's still concerned with the goings-on of a "cellar-dweller" when your team is in first place. Sounds kinda stalkerish to me.
 
2014-06-30 01:58:29 PM  

Misconduc: Evilsmurf: You throw a fastball to Mike Napoli after he's already shown you that he has problems with your sinker and slider, yeah, you're gonna be called an idiot.

Tanaka shook off two pitches before hand, my guess is he decided he wanted to fool the hitter and turns out the hitter wasn't. Yep an idiot.


Maybe he wanted to announce his presence with authority.
 
2014-06-30 02:00:46 PM  

WinoRhino: A hater that's still concerned with the goings-on of a "cellar-dweller" when your team is in first place. Sounds kinda stalkerish to me.


Not having been there in a long, long time, Toronto fans may not be the best at handling this much success gracefully. We should cut them a little slack. (Or a lot of slack after the Jays fall back to third or fourth, because we all know that's probably going to happen.)
 
2014-06-30 02:36:35 PM  

skrame: OtherLittleGuy: Yeah, Subby, it's the rivalry.

Honest question, for you or anyone else: do players care about the rivalries*? Players get passed around so much, it seems unlikely that they can really start to hate a competing team, unless they grew up fans.

*other than in terms of fan service


They might care about beating the rival teams but I don't think they really hate each other. You might see, for example, Derek Jeter chatting with Dustin Pedroia on second base and they're smiling and laughing. Tensions might run high once in a while - last time I can remember these two teams at each other's throats was when Ryan Dempster (apparently intentionally) hit A-Rod with a pitch last year, but for the most part they appear to get along fine. A-Rod is kind of a special case, anyway.
 
2014-06-30 06:30:07 PM  

skrame: OtherLittleGuy: Yeah, Subby, it's the rivalry.

Honest question, for you or anyone else: do players care about the rivalries*? Players get passed around so much, it seems unlikely that they can really start to hate a competing team, unless they grew up fans.

*other than in terms of fan service


I think they don't technically care about rivalries all that much, but managers use it to pump them up.

Also there's the reality that fans are more pumped up about these rivalry games, so naturally that's going to get players blood moving a bit more.
 
2014-06-30 06:32:09 PM  

angva: skrame: OtherLittleGuy: Yeah, Subby, it's the rivalry.

Honest question, for you or anyone else: do players care about the rivalries*? Players get passed around so much, it seems unlikely that they can really start to hate a competing team, unless they grew up fans.

*other than in terms of fan service

They might care about beating the rival teams but I don't think they really hate each other. You might see, for example, Derek Jeter chatting with Dustin Pedroia on second base and they're smiling and laughing. Tensions might run high once in a while - last time I can remember these two teams at each other's throats was when Ryan Dempster (apparently intentionally) hit A-Rod with a pitch last year, but for the most part they appear to get along fine. A-Rod is kind of a special case, anyway.


Yeah, baseball in general is a fraternity.  Indeed some player hate each other- they're human, no different than anywhere else.  But all in all I think they generally respect each other.
 
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