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Outside The Confines: Unwritten rules are stupid

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Let the kids play!

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Last time I checked, the goal of baseball was to win games.

There are, of course, those who cling to the concept of baseball’s unwritten rules, who believe that these old, staid traditions are as much a part of the game as peanuts and Cracker Jacks. And certainly, I cringe when a bunt breaks up a no-hitter, who doesn’t? But on Monday evening, Padres phenom Fernando Tatís Jr. did the unthinkable: he swung away on a 3-0 count when his team had a substantial lead, and he hit a grand slam.

Yes, you read that right. Tatís was taken to task, thrown under the bus by his managers, and made to apologize, because he helped his team win. How very dare he?

Some of the old-school mentality said it was disrespectful. Others, you know, the kind of people who want to see exciting players hit grand slams, suggested that if the pitcher didn’t want Tatís to hit a grand slam, perhaps he should have thrown a better pitch.

Regardless of which stance you take, the internet and the baseball writers who live there, were fully up in arms about it, and the think pieces are plentiful, so let’s jump into it.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.