The Code of Hammurabi is the oldest recorded set of laws in human history, having been implemented in about 1760 B.C. by the 6th King of Babylon, the previously mentioned Hammurabi. These laws marked the creation of the first formal process for revenge. Shortly after Hammurabi implemented his laws, the code and rules that govern Major League Baseball were enacted in 1745 B.C. when a young Bud Selig (in his first year of rule) took measures to ensure baseball operated smoothly. However, as history has repeatedly shown us, sometimes revenge happens outside the formal confines of rules and governance.
Take for example, what happened when Cilician Pirates captured a young Julius Caesar. Upon demanding a ransom, Caesar reportedly laughed and told the pirates he would pay more than double the amount requested. During his 38 days as a hostage Caesar treated his captors as his subordinates, telling them when they could and could not speak to him, and repeatedly telling them that upon his release he would hunt them down and have each of them crucified.
Upon paying the ransom and being freed, Caesar (who at the time was only 25 and not yet ruler) put together a fleet to hunt down his captures. Upon finding them, he imprisoned all of them and took back the silver used for his ransom. Caesar unsuccessfully petitioned to have the pirates executed. Unsatisfied with this outcome, he traveled back to Pergamon and crucified each of the pirates under his own authority.
Billy Madison used diplomacy to make amends with unknown enemies such as Danny McGrath, an act that later saved his life when Danny started crossing off names on his hit list.
We all know how that worked out for Billy.
Revenge isn’t just reserved for historical figures such as Billy Madison and Caesar. More recently the sports world has seen great examples of sports revenge. One of the more recent incidents involved DeMarcus Cousins, a power forward for the Sacramento Kings, waiting exactly five years to the day to point out to Clay Travis that he hadn’t been arrested. This was in response to Clay's 2010 tweet declaring:
Great work Clay. Way to stake your reputation on someone elses predicted misfortune or errors.
This week we witnessed Jose Bautista exact his own kind of revenge on the Baltimore Orioles for the second time this season. This fable stretches back to bad blood that has been brewing between Baltimore and Bautista for over a season. Let’s pick things up on April 13th.
Darren O’Day decides to throw behind Jose Bautista, and Mighty Jose decided to respond the best way possible:
Given their history and the team’s dugout celebration, this ranks as at least a 4.5 out of 5 on the Gibby’s finest scale of F U moves. O’Day’s insistence on taunting Bautista has resulted in more self inflicted pain than any other professional athlete since Kerwin Bell spiked himself with a football while celebrating a touchdown.
Fast forward to Tuesday night, and young Jason Garcia makes the fatal mistake to throw behind Joey Bats once more.
If I can make it my entire life without ever having someone stare at me with this much distain I will consider myself wildly successful. As Jose stares back at Garcia you can almost hear Garcia praying to the old and new gods for forgiveness. They weren’t listening.
The bat throw, second base yelling and trot across the plate are all reasons why Jose Bautista needs to be celebrated for this action. To be thrown behind twice by the same team in the span of two weeks and both times response with home runs is incredible. At this point the Orioles should have packed up their things, conceded the game the following day (which they lost anyway) tipped their caps and left Toronto. Instead Adam Jones complained about respecting the gameas if throwing at someone is respectable, but enjoying your revenge afterwards is somehow a violation of the code.
In fact, if you spent the week listening to talk radio or reading about the Blue Jays you would have seen a considerable number of people criticized Jose for playing with passion. Specifically, here is what different people said he did wrong:
Admiring the homerun
Tossing his bat with a little extra flare
Trash talking as he rounded second base
Slowing down to a walk as he crossed home plate
Looking at the Baltimore dugout as he headed back to his own dugout
It would seem that those people prefer to see baseball played by a group of uninspired athletes who just go through the motions and take great strides to never do anything that might excite a fan base, or make people want to spend an evening at a baseball game.
You know what the craziest thing about all of this is? Edwin hit two home runs that game, including one that went half way to Mars but they have been forgotten amongst the chatter and need to respect the fake rules that govern baseball etiquette.
Drunken Jays fan gets his Revenge
Seeing as we are on the topic of revenge, drunken fan from last week certainly has an argument this week. Last week he was complaining about R.A. Dickey and his ability to pitch in a dome. While the statistics didn’t suggest that Dickey can’t pitch in a dome, his performance Friday night in Tampa certainly did. Dickey didn’t make it 5 innings and gave up 9 hits and 7 earned runs, including two home runs. We will continue to monitor Dickey’s indoor/outdoor splits.
Quick Hitters from the week:
- A day after the Bautista vs. Jones vs. Garcia altercation, Aaron Sanchez came out and threw a ball over the head of a Baltimore batter:
Thankfully, everyone recognized that this was a pitcher that has been struggling with control, not a warning shot to fire things up again.
- Although he walked 7 batters through 5.1 innings, Sanchez seemed to take a step forward this week. Martin challenged him on some pitches he didn’t want to throw, and after a difficult first two innings he settled down to retire 7 batters in a row at one point. Progress!
- Kevin Pillar continues to be incredible in the outfield, and this week was no exception.
- The Bautista shoulder injury that kept him out of the rest of the Baltimore series was a big disappointment. Jose vs. the entire Baltimore staff is going to be great entertainment for the rest of the season.
- Does Bud Norris have nightmares of Blue Jays? In his two starts against the Jays this season he has made it a total of 5.1 innings while giving up 17 earned runs!
- Mark Buehrle led the major leagues in run support per nine innings pitched, with an average of 12.33 runs going into his start Sunday. His average was 2.8 runs more than his next closest pitcher. Naturally, the Blue Jays were shut out for the first time in the season.
- Drew Hutchison is 5th on that list.
- The less we have to play Tampa Bay the better. Watching games in their cavernous stadium is visually unappealing, and their pitching staff has been ripping through the Jays lineup. The 2015 Rays appear to be the new 2014 New York Yankees in terms of dominance over the Blue Jays.
Worst Jerseys to wear to a home game
The report on Blue Jay jerseys that are unacceptable to wear to home games has been temporarily postponed, due to the large amount of feedback received. If there is a specific jersey that you would detest seeing in the stands, please let us know so you can be featured in the segment when it is completed.
This week the Jays continue their road trip with games in Boston and Cleveland, and I will be watching from my couch.