Breaking the 'code'

TY PILSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

The baseball world was still in a state of outrage yesterday.

Pundits and prognosticators were furious with Alex Rodriguez.

You see, during Wednesday night's game against the Blue Jays in Toronto, A-Rod allegedly yelled 'Mine' as he ran by Jays third baseman Howie Clark, who was under an infield fly, causing Clark to back off the ball and leading to three runs in the ninth inning of a 10-5 Yankees win.

Anyone who has played hockey and passed the puck to some guy on the other team who was hollering he was open probably got a laugh out of this.

As one letter in the Mailbag below states, 'Hey, if all it takes is a simple "Mine" call from an opposing player to get you off your game then maybe the pro ranks are not for you."

However, it still caused 'outrage' among baseball fans and many players who said it broke the sport's unwritten code.

Also part of the baseball code is retribution. You plug my batter with a pitch, I'll plug yours. Or, try to run up the score and embarrass us, we'll throw at your hitter, as well.

It's funny that Americans -- and many Canadians -- talk about the outdated hockey code and its violent nature but have no problem with a pitcher making a premeditated decision to hurl a 95 m.p.h. fastball at a batter.

Sure, the pitcher is aiming for the batter's body -- what's a few broken ribs or a lacerated kidney -- and not his head, I'm told. Todd Bertuzzi didn't mean to injure Steve Moore as badly as he did. He was just looking for a little payback, too.

Some radio talk warned A-Rod should be ready to catch a fastball in the ribs next time the two teams play.

Well, if there's constant talk of hockey players being charged after vicious incidents why shouldn't the police be there and ready to charge the pitcher with assault, perhaps even assault with a deadly weapon?

Is there really a difference?


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