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Wednesday Bantering: Finding Humor in Baseball’s Unwritten Rules

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Maybe it is too soon for this since we just found out yesterday that we’ve lost two players to injury following our dust-up with the Yankees on Monday. However, after looking around for instances where baseball’s unwritten rules became a hot topic of conversation, I stumbled upon KorkedBats.com, a site that markets itself as “That Funny Sports Blog”.

On the site, there is a page titled “Baseball’s Unwritten Rules, Written Down”. I read through it and found it pretty entertaining so I thought I’d share it here on BBB. The post was made in August 2014 and impressively it is very relevant in the context of several recent events involving our beloved Blue Jays, from the bat flip to Monday’s foolishness.

Unwritten rules on the bat flip:

- Don’t admire a home run.

- It is always better to flip someone off than to flip a bat.

- A bat flip is never acceptable. After every hit, no matter how good or how far, you gingerly bend over to gently set down your bat and maybe dust it off a few times, all of this to not infuriate the opposing team’s pitcher.

Here’s what author Austin lists as the rules governing throwing at batters and retaliation:

- If one of your players gets hit by a pitch, your pitcher must retaliate in the next half inning.

- If the opposing team retaliates your retaliation, you must retaliate in the next half inning.

- Basically, never stop hitting the opposing team until they’re beaten to a bloody pulp.

Here’s a quick selection of my other favorites from the list:

- If you pick your nose in the dugout, a camera will catch you doing it.

- Any Yankees-Red Sox game must take no less than 6 hours to complete.

- If you show any emotion whatsoever when playing Brian McCann’s team, like Liam Niesson, he will find you, and he will kill you.

If these tickle your funny bone, check out the list. I definitely got a chuckle out of it.

If you have some unwritten rules you’d add to the list, let us know in the comments. Have a good Wednesday everyone.