The traditional, unwritten rule being not to humiliate your opposition.
The batter above did so by watching his home run and slow-walking his
home run trot against the Braves. His show-off attitude infuriates
Braves Catcher Brian McCann who stands on the baseline and won’t let him
touch the base.
In the video below, the same player, Carlos Gomez shows off again. Once
again, breaking the cultural taboo against pointlessly humiliating an
opponent. Once again, fists get thrown.
In our final brawl is in The World Baseball Classic. We see Canada bunt
for a hit when they already had a six run lead on Mexico in the final
inning. To the casual observer (and to the ignorant announcers you’ll
see below) it seems egregious to hit the next batter with a pitch. But
no, in baseball, deliberately scoring on a routed opponent to run up
cheap statistics is a cultural foul. Another taboo we see violated is
the secondary brawling. Baseball fights are supposed to be mano-a-mano
affairs. The hitter decked by a hard pitch gets a few shots at the
pitcher if the catcher fails to make a good tackle. The pitcher and
hitter both go take an early shower. Others are entitled to insult the
other teams’ familial pedigree to their hearts’ content. But they are
not supposed to ever be the third man in. Then the fit hits the shan as
we see below.
So we come to the end of our athletic-themed episode of The Jerry
Springer Show. It’s the part where Jerry asks the vital question.
“What can we learn from this experience?”
What we can learn is that any sort of culture or sub-culture will have a
complex set of unwritten rules known as tradition. When we introduce
people who don’t understand or don’t personally accept these traditions
conflict will occur as soon as these unwritten rules are flaunted. The
more non-traditional elements that are introduced to a culture, the more
these rules will be flaunted or ignored. The warrior traditionalist
will not tolerate this.
In the confined and regulated environment of an athletic filed, a few
fists fly, a few idiots walk home with lightened wallets and blackened
names. Nothing worse occurs and life goes on the next time it’s time to
suit up and play ball. In the streets, this sort of thing leaves
someone, somewhere laying down for the dirt nap. Diversity plus
proximity equals violence.