Friday, September 03, 2010

Violating Baseball's Code Piece by Jason Turbow

Terribly interesting piece I came across on CNNSI that has to do with the concept of "baseball's unwritten rules".

Titled "Nationals' Nyjer Morgan enrages baseball by violating The Code", the piece is about recent transgressions and rabble rousing by Washington Nationals leadoff hitter Nyjer Morgan. The author is Jason Turbow and this is written as a special to SI in part to publicize Turbow's book "The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America's Pastime."

Baseball is a sport that appeals to it's fans in part for it's different than other sports quirks... such as there being no clock, the continued missed umpiring calls as "part of the game" and this idea of "playing by unwritten rules" that dictate what's ok and what's not for players to do.

Makes me think of a quote I heard years ago along the lines of "if these 'unwritten rules' are so important, why don't they write them down?" Well, I guess it's because it's baseball and that's just how it is.

Excellent article which made me want to read the book as well as read more stuff by Turbow on his about the book blog.