I know this has been touched upon in the game threads AND in Al's recap, but I also think this deserves it's own thread. I don't want this to overshadow Lee's resurgence, Fergie and Maddux, etc...
I have to disagree with my friend drew and those on his side, whose main argument, as I understand it, is that pitchers are players and should be expected to do everything a position player does.
If that's the case, why do they not field pop-ups?
In theory, it's a wonderful idea. A baseball player should be able to handle most parts of the game. But in practice, it's not realistic.
Most pitchers, even NL pitchers, have three jobs, and three jobs only.
2) Field their position -- most importantly, get off the mound to cover first base
3) Lay down sacrifice bunts
Any hitting by any pitcher is gravy. Yes, it's nice that Zambrano (and Marquis before him, and Prior before him) can hit some. But that isn't why they are there.
There's also the small matter of a player's size and speed. Even if you subscribe to the theory that a pitcher should be able to hit like a position player, not all position players can leg out bunts.
Players HAVE limitations.
If you're Ramirez, you don't try to score from first on a single. If you're Fontenot, you don't attempt to put one in Milwaukee on a 3-0 count.
Greg Maddux was honored today. He had a 20-year career, and is in the top 5 list for greatest all time. He's arguably the best defensive pitcher ever to step on the field. And he was a very good bunter.
That was enough. That was more than enough.
It's cute and it's funny when Zambrano comes in and swings hard enough to chop down a tree with one swing.
At one point, it was thought to be cute when Jose Canseco wanted to pitch too.