Re: Cheating and the game
What type of cheating is acceptable to us? None? All? Whatever a player can get away with?
PEDS are generally considered the worst form of cheating, so I think there will be little if any argument there.
What about spitballs, or other foreign substance? Scratching the ball to make it dance? Stealing signals? Man in the scoreboard? The batter looking to see what signs the catcher is putting down (if said catcher sees him doing this, it usually results in a high, hard one)? Corking bats? You could go on and on...
Where is the line drawn between verboten cheating that results in banishment from the game (PEDS, betting on the game), and the cheating that results in a wink and a laugh?
Gaylord Perry made himself a Hall of Famer by cheating- giving himself an unfair advantage over hitters, outside the rules of the game. Most fans and media are OK with it. I'm looking for where that fine line is....if it even exists.
Last edited by Always Red; 12-23-2008 at 12:58 PM.