File what you’re about to witness under Dayn Perry’s How to Improve Baseball.
Note the batter’s fine acting job after getting hit by an off-speed pitch, the double-360, and his eagerness in getting to the mound. Impeccable form, even though he went down in defeat.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m quite certain I’d find chicken fighting much more entertaining than the mostly underwhelming basebrawls we witness every summer. At the very least, it would guarantee everyone’s involvement in the proceedings. There’s nothing I hate more than watching the relief core’s walk of shame back to the bullpen after only words, and not punches, are exchanged.
And know this: Gandhi — whom the NotGraphs Investigative Reporting Investigation Team has learned was quite the baseball fan back in his day, Babe Ruth his favourite player, believe it or not — would have wanted it this way.
Hat tips: To Royals Review, and our baseball-loving cousins in the Far East.