If you’ve followed Joe Maddon and Davey Johnson’s argument over Joel Peralta’s use of pine tar during a game between the Nationals and Rays, you’re probably as bored as I am. Hearing about the two managers trade insults through the media is as tedious as the rhythm of the beginning of this baseball season. It seems the only baseball headlines are no-hitters, clubhouse turmoil or injuries. Maybe that’s why Maddon and Johnson arguing is so frustrating.
The argument started after Johnson asked umps to check Peralta’s glove during a game. Peralta played for the Nationals in 2010. Peralta was ejected and has just been suspended eight games. Maddon claimed Johnson betrayed his team by using knowledge of a former teammate to harm him on his current team. Johnson responded by telling Maddon to read the rulebook. Then things got personal, and it all got a little weird from there.
Two old men throwing jabs that involved the use of the word “wuss” isn’t only boring, it’s pathetic. Davey Johnson would react exactly like Maddon had if he were in his shoes, and vice versa. It’s another clash over an unwritten set of baseball rules that polarizes fan bases and forces managers into decisions like Johnson’s. He’s not going to let an opposing player have an advantage, whether or not it’s the “right” thing to do.
So both managers get over it. Stop flooding baseball with meaningless clashes and constant game stoppages that alienate casual fans and goad on hardcore traditionalists. I’m sure the second half of the baseball season will entertain, and by playoff time I’ll be back hooked on America’s pastime. However for now, if R.A. Dickey isn’t pitching, I’m changing the channel, and never faster then another segment on Johnson and Maddon’s feud.