“DON’T TASE ME, BRO!”
In the 10-month history of the The Philly Phour, we’ve touched on a variety of topics and concept besides sports. Facial Hair, Bad Genetics, New Years Resolutions, Religion, this list goes on..
However, we now have another one to talk about.
Over the past week, there has been an absolute media firestorm over an incident at Citizens’ Bank Park on Monday that ended up with a 17 year-old kid being tasered by a ballpark cop in front of 45,000 fans after streaking (running, but with clothes on) across the field. As of 7:00 PM the night after, it was the top searched story on both Yahoo and Google, and was one of the top read stories of the day on both ESPN and CNNSI websites.
Well, I can’t say I saw this one coming. But when it comes to the city of Philadelphia, I guess anything is possible.
The real issue here is..WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL?
How can people take issue with a cop using proper force to restrain a fan that is crazy enough to run onto the field during a game? While it turns out that this 17 year old kid was virtually harmless, the cop has no way of knowing if the kid is drunk enough, stoned enough, or crazy enough to make do something more stupid than running on the field during a professional baseball game. Who knows, that kid could have had a bomb attached to his chest, and if that were the case, the cop would have been viewed as a hero for saving the lives of innocent fans, not have his job on the line like he does now. The point is, the cop had no way of knowing what the kid was capable of, which is why he had to treat that specific case as serious as any other, regardless of his age or demeanor.
Besides, what’s the difference between tasing someone, and tackling a kid to the ground and dragging him off the field by physically assaulting him in the process?
I think I’d personally rather get tazed.
AGE IS JUST A NUMBER
We all knew Jamie Moyer was old, but his age was put into perspective on Friday night. With his two-hit, complete game shutout against the Atlanta Braves, the 47-year old southpaw became the oldest pitcher in baseball to pitch a nine-inning scoreless game in major league baseball history.
What a job by Moyer. This masterpiece was put together the same guy who was sent to the bullpen for the playoff run last year and was battling for the last spot in the starting rotation this spring training. For me personally, my respect for Moyer runs deep because he is a homegrown Philadelphia product (Souderton High School Product), who has pitched in four decades without overpowering stuff and by mastering the art of pitching, something that players with incredible pitching tools (countless examples) still cannot not do. It’s crazy to think that his first CG shutout was in 1986 with the Chicago Cubs, two and half years before this Philly Phour writer was born, just shy of 24 years prior to his gem Friday night.
In the future, Moyer will make a tremendous big league pitching coach. Maybe even a big league manager. But for the time being, a guy who at his age should be relegated to a couch or at best bench or bullpen coach duty is now second on the team in wins (4), and has played a huge role in keeping the Phillies afloat without two regulars in the starting rotation (J.A Happ and Joe Blanton) for the better part of the last month.
And to think a groin injury almost forced the ageless wonder to retire at the end of last season..
RIP Robin Roberts
Sad to hear about the passing of one of the “Whiz Kids”. One of the most recognizable figures in the history of the Philadelphia Phillies. As much as I would like to write about this, being 21 years old, I don’t think I would do the legend justice but just analyzing some of his career statistics. I’m going to leave you with some words from Phillies Columnist Paul Hagen, who summed up the legacy of the 2nd winningest pitcher in Phillies history (behind Steve Carlton) perfectly in an article published a day after his death.