Casey at the bat: Bad fight,UFC,and bee

May 07, 2007 |

So after initially saying I was not going to watch the fight last night, I changed my mind. Partly because it was all that was being talked about at 1 Winning Drive, and partly because my brother-in-law called — so $54.95 later, I realize I made a big mistake.

It was not a very eventful fight, not a fight that will be logged into the mind as one of the greatest fights of all time, or even close to that. Mayweather won the fight, fair and square, and the judge that scored it for the Golden Boy should be barred from judging a fight again.

It was billed as the last great fight of boxing, and if that is the case, the boxing gods have to be disappointed.

I should have just stuck with ordering the UFC fight in a couple of weeks — trust me it will be about 5,000 more times entertaining (Liddell by TKO is my prediction).

There is an interesting article in The Sun today about the Orioles executives taking beer out of the clubhouse. Granted players can just as well go to any local establishment around the ballpark and drink until their heart is content, but the key word is they have to go somewhere ELSE to get it. By not making it available in the clubhouse, it takes the blame away if something were to happen. The players feel like they are responsible enough that they can and should have one or two beers after the game, if they so chose.

This issue has been really brought to light due to incident involving Josh Hancock of the Cardinals. Hancock had been out on the town and drinking after the game when the incident occurred, and it is not sure if or how much he had consumed in the clubhouse. I hate to think what would’ve happened if a player was in the clubhouse and had a couple of beers and while pulling away from the player parking lot happened to hit a car, or even worse, a child that is running around trying to get autographs. I leave the ballpark late at night and there are always anywhere from 15-to-30 people hanging around the players parking lot, many of them young kids trying to get that one  elusive autograph.

Although it  wouldn’t matter if an incident happened at the ballpark or 50 miles outside of town, the Orioles, or whatever pro sports team , will have to answer for it in the future. However, eliminating the element that can lead to these problems is a very smart move by the Orioles and other major league teams that have taken this step.

                                                

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