Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Kenny Rogers Didn't "Cheat"

In game 2 of the 2006 World Series, Detroit Tigers pitcher Kenny Rogers was accused of cheating. No, he wasn't behind the scoreboard adding runs to the Tigers score when nobody was looking. Yes, he did have some kind of substance on his hand that was affecting the balls he was pitching. Kenny was approached by the umpire after the first inning about the substance, which he claimed was dirt. Pitchers in the past have been known to cheat in a similar manner by putting pine tar in their palm and rubbing it on the ball before it is pitched to put an added spin an weight on the ball, making it more difficult to hit. In the case of Kenny Rogers, do you really think that if he did have something other than dirt on his hand that the umpire wouldn't have noticed, and secondly, that the umpire wouldn't have kicked him out of the game? A few years ago when Sammy Sosa broke his corked bat, did the umpire shake his finger at Sammy and say, "Oh Sammy, you're such a trickster."? NO! He was kicked out of the game and suspended. At an event as large as the World Series, Kenny Rogers would have been kicked out and suspended had he in fact cheated. Think about it.......

4 comments:

Brittney Safford de Kearns said...

Well, putting aside how I feel about professional sports and those that particpate in them, I still think he cheated. He has shifty eyes.

Steve McIntyre said...

When I first read the topic of this post, I thought you were talking about this Kenny Rogers.

Devin said...

I guess this all depends on what you consider "cheating." Pine tar is minor but having superhuman abilities to throw a baseball faster than the eye can see is major. I don't know how he does it but all I can say is it must be cheating.

Brian from Detroit said...

I don't believe Kenny cheated. All the players on the field have equal access to dirt, heck they even run around and roll in it sometimes. Since when is having dirty hands a crime? I mean the batters routinely rub dirt all over the bat. Does that make them cheaters too? I may be from Detroit and have a biased opinion about the World Series and who should win but hey I could care less if Weaver or Suppan used dirt also.