Thursday, February 27, 2014

Arizona radio host advocates beaning Yasiel Puig to 'pay debt'

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks don't care for each other very much. This much is clear.

What is not clear is why Arizona radio station host Doug Franz of KTAR thought it would be a good idea to write a blog post advocating for the D'backs to nail Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig with a pitch. The justification behind the beaning was so that "the Dodgers could pay their debt." Franz penned the post before the two teams played head-to-head on Wednesday in a spring training game.

Here's part of what he wrote:

It's time for the Dodgers to pay their debt. Plunk Puig!

Waiting until the regular season just risks lengthier suspensions. Plunking Puig in Australia would make it more difficult to replace those suspended because you're not traveling with your whole minor league system behind you.

Plunking Puig today at Salt River Field declares the Diamondbacks will not back down. Waiting around is like sneaking behind someone's back. Be a man. Take the punishment. Move on. First, however, the Dodgers must pay their debt.

As you can see, Franz even went into some detail about why yesterday was the perfect opportunity to execute the mischief. To be fair, Franz also played the "not advocating violence" card in the same post, however, that sort of disclaimer doesn't usually work. It's like saying "no offense but" right before you are about to offend someone.

Anyways, things really got heated between the division rivals last season when the Dodgers chose to celebrate in the Chase Field pool area after clinching the division. This coming after the D'backs specifically told Los Angeles not to do such things.

Was it an unclassy move by the Dodgers? Yes, probably. But let's not advocate players getting plunked for things that happened in the past. Besides, shouldn't Arizona be more worried about beating the Dodgers on the field? That would be the best way to get revenge.

Via Eye on Baseball

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