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Old 05-29-2018, 08:57 AM
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Originally Posted by DrCrawdad View Post
Last year Tony Rizzo injured a catcher on tag play at home that the next day was ruled in violation of the rules. Rizzo received no league discipline.

Yesterday Tony was out at home on a force play. The catcher then steps in front of the plate giving Tony a clear path to the plate, even though Tony was out. Tony then takes out the unsuspecting Pirate catcher, again in clear violation of the rules.

Tony got away with a dirty play last year. Tony got away with a dirty play this year. Dirty is as dirty does. Tony Rizzo is a dirty ballplayer.

Why does he get away with it? First is because Tony plays for the Cubs. Second, because of his reputation, he's Saint Tony, face of the Cubs franchise, and one of the faces of MLB.

Imagine if a Pirates player had done that to the Cubs catcher. Or better yet, imagine if a Sox player did that to the Cubs catcher in the series two weeks ago. I think the media spin in both cases would be different.