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June 03, 2010

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 15 comments

Bryce Harper doesn't get the LeBron treatment. It now appears that Bryce Harper's amateur days are over after he was tossed from a JUCO World Series game for drawing a line in the dirt after being called out on a third strike.

While I do think that the call was close, I am happy to see that the ump tossed him for making the mark on the ground and showing the umpire up. As the article mentions, this may be a sign that Harper's makeup/maturity is not quite where it needs to be.

posted by Demophon at 01:57 PM on June 03

I don't think an ejection was warranted in that case. He draws a line in the dirt, big deal. The fact that the ejection results in a suspension only amplifies it as an overreaction.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 04:34 PM on June 03

That's Dr. Hockey

posted by tommytrump at 04:42 PM on June 03

That ball looked way out. I was expecting something a lot closer. The ump looked like he was waiting for something to showboat with.

posted by lampshade at 04:48 PM on June 03

Ron MacLean, life saver !

posted by tommytrump at 08:18 PM on June 03

but the moment you draw the line the ump has to eject you because you are showing him up. Its just about an automatic.

posted by Demophon at 08:47 PM on June 03

Another article (and a more realistic one) on the various attempts to get Americans interested in, and playing, cricket.

posted by owlhouse at 08:50 PM on June 03

but the moment you draw the line the ump has to eject you because you are showing him up. Its just about an automatic.

So what would you define arguing a call? Should umpires eject every player the moment they open their mouth to argue?

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 09:49 PM on June 03

This does not look like the Celtics of the previous two rounds.

posted by tron7 at 11:01 PM on June 03

This does not look like the Celtics of the previous two rounds.

But it does look like the Kobe Bryant, I mean Lakers though.

posted by Spitztengle at 11:12 PM on June 03

I still reckon this is one of the best, and most understated adverts ever.

posted by owlhouse at 04:32 AM on June 04

So what would you define arguing a call? Should umpires eject every player the moment they open their mouth to argue?

The arguing or disagreeing is fine as long as they do it in a respectful or civilized manner. Its the drawing the line in the dirt with the bat that goes too far. As one of the comments in the story states, when you are talking, everyone can see your lips move and both sides get their piece, when you draw the line in the dirt only the player gets a say and that shows up the ump.

posted by Demophon at 07:56 AM on June 04

I still reckon this is one of the best, and most understated adverts ever.

I'm guessing that the elderly gentlemen on the team are former English football stars, and that everyone in England would be able to identify them in a snap.

posted by grum@work at 08:32 AM on June 04

Thx for that owl - great ad

And grum, yes they are (though the names don't mean anything to me)

posted by kokaku at 09:36 AM on June 04

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