Mr. Bouton’s explanation for pieing had to do with money and the burdens it imposes: The players have to justify their salaries, he said, and the fans have to justify their high-priced tickets.
Therefore, the events on the field have to be more momentous than they’ve ever been,” he said. “So celebrations are vastly more elaborate than in my day. In my day, a guy hit a home run, it was a home run: You put your head down, you ran around the bases, you went in and you shut up. Now it’s a reason for raising your arms to the skies, pirouetting, a curtain call.
Ahhh, so it’s about the money, eh Jimmy? Where have I heard that before?
Seriously though, if you start your argument with “In my day…“, please kindly shut up. It’s not that we don’t want to be regaled with great stories of yore; it’s that your utter disdain with today’s game sickens me. Just because it was in the black-and-white days doesn’t automatically make it better. The good old days are happening right now, Jimmy. What’s so wrong with players and fans having a good time and celebrating with one another? It’s entertainment, not a religious service. It’s a kids game played by grown men. Let ‘em have some fun.
But all the shenanigans that you exposed about The Mick and the boys was what “real men” do. Oh, I get it now.
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Bouton before the 2008 All Star Game at a pre-game hospitality event thrown by my brother’s company. He was a nice enough guy, happy to continue to sign his book that made him countless times more famous and money than his playing career ever did. Yet, even now, he has to be just another crusty crank who is obviously jealous about the economic differences in the game over the last 50 years. It’s called PROGRESS!!!!
Get over it already, will ya? And try enjoying the game, it’s gonna be awesome!