(cross-posted at my own blog, sorry about the blog-pimping)
I must confess, I do enjoy reading the blogs of the opposing team at any given series. An Angels blog I enjoy reading is The Pearly Gates. Athough Richard (and Josh) are "fastidious conservatives" and I'm a "slovenly liberal" ("I smell a sitcom!") I do enjoy their take on things, as long as it's not on a political issue, too much conservative belligerence. I started reading their blog since the time of the name change to the Los Angeles Angels (of Anaheim) and have been an off an on reader since.
Anyways, I saw this in Richard's latest post:
RICHARD (9:56): The next time we see Street, Scioscia needs to say something about his feet coming completely off the rubber during his wind-up. Could be of some value down the stretch.
I'm prettty bothered by that. I've never been a fan of Scioscia's gamesmanship, I think it detracts from the game and it's a bitch move. I'm going to sell my self out as a total and complete dork, but this is not unlike the rules lawyers that is in every group of people who play tabletop RPGs, they're annoying as hell. I can't belive that somebody advocates such things in the game of baseball, but then and again Richard's views are biased because he's an Angels fan and my views are opposed due to my similar bias as an A's fan.
I'm also pretty sure Johan Santana has a similar foot action when he pitches and nobody bitches about that.
This leads to the question; If Ken Macha did the same things that I depise Mike Scioscia for doing, would I still be against such shows of gamesmanship? I would love to say no, but in reality, I really don't know. I'm too much of a biased fan to give a straight answer.