The Blob has made its disdain for baseball's alleged Code crystal clear before, but one more time, let's review:
The Code is stupid. It's as archaic as dueling pistols, and it's kinda whiny, besides. And it does nothing but reinforce the impression that baseball is not so much reverent of its past as hopelessly lost in it.
This after Cubs pitcher John Lackey complained about the Padres' Christian Bethancourt admiring his shot after Bethancourt took him yard last night, the only run in a 1-0 Padres win. Not only did it make Lackey sound as if he'd been transported through time from 1925 or something, it made him look inappropriately pouty given that the Cubs are crushing everyone they face right now.
Nonetheless, Lackey was steamed, saying he has "a long memory."
Yeah, OK. Whatever, dude.
Here's the deal: I don't have problem one with Bethancourt doing what he did, because A) it was the winning run against a team no one's beating right now, least of all the Padres, and B) it was a stupendous shot that ended up in the street outside Wrigley. You're telling me a guy's not supposed to savor a moment like that? You're telling me he's supposed to just put his head down and trot around the bases because, what, he might hurt poor Lackey's feelings?
Screw him. As the Blob has said before, if Lackey didn't want Bethancourt lingering over the moment, he shouldn't have given it to him. Throw a better pitch, don't go crybabying around because you didn't. You've got nobody to blame but yourself.
And the Code?
Pffft. Time to pack it away with the dueling pistols.