Let’s get three things out of the way from the beginning. First off, the Miami Marlins are a bad baseball team and an even worse organization. Secondly, Ronald Acuña Jr. is an incredibly fun and good baseball player. But lastly and most importantly, unwritten rules are stupid and should burn forever. Stop liking them and encouraging them. Please, just stop. Do you understand how embarrassing and wrong you are?
Which brings us to Marlins starting pitcher José Ureña. A little backstory first, of course.
- The Braves have won five in a row — including four in a row against the Marlins
- Acuña has four home runs in his last three games, including a lead-off shot in all three
- The Marlins suck
Again, Acuña is an incredibly fun and good baseball player. We broke this down yesterday. Since the All-Star break, he’s been hitting at the top of the lineup. That 24-game stretch has produced a .358 average with 12 home runs, 25 runs and 24 RBI. But on Wednesday night, Ureña took it upon himself to “teach” Acuña a “lesson.” Apparently he was sick of his team getting their asses kicked by Acuña and the Braves. But instead of trying to put an end to that by being better at his job, Ureña decided to hit Acuña for being really good at his.
On his very first pitch of the game.
Benches clear in Marlins-Braves after José Ureña hits Ronald Acuña Jr. in 1st inning.
Acuña Jr. (5 straight games with HR, 3 straight with leadoff HR) exits in 2nd inning. pic.twitter.com/V2aSu97YEX
— MLB (@MLB) August 16, 2018
So, what’s Acuña guilty of here? What brought this on?
*touches finger to earpiece*
Oh, I’m sorry, I seem to be hearing faint cries of “bat flips” and “pimping home runs.” Oh gosh, that changes everything. I take it all back; Acuña absolutely deserved to get drilled with a 97 mph fastball on his f—ing elbow for being good at his job. How could I forget these precious unwritten rules? How could we as baseball fans possibly survive without them?
But seriously, this nonsense as to stop. There’s no reason for it. Baseball is a GAME, and games are supposed to be FUN! Emotion is actually good! Being able to enjoy your job is actually good! Apparently in baseball, however, showing emotion is bad. We simply cannot expect the people who entertain us to actually enjoy what they’re doing. It’d be chaos!
In the meantime, the Marlins are 48-75 and going nowhere. They have the joint-worst record in the National League with the San Diego Padres. They’ve lost five in a row — including last night — while Acuña and company continue to crush them. They deserve nothing.
On the other hand, we should be celebrating players like Acuña. Players like him make baseball fun. We should embrace pitchers pounding their glove after a big strikeout, batters admiring their work at the plate and David Bote hitting a walk-off grand slam at Wrigley Field. But we don’t. Instead, we try to justify garbage like this.
And folks still wonder why younger fans don’t want to engage with this sport? Be better.