I hate pitchers that intentionally hit batters. I think it's the most cowardly act in sports and given what happened to Andy Phillips, the most dangerous -- you can put a player on the disabled list, end their season, end their career or even end their life even when they're hit unintentionally. To do it on purpose is vile. That's one big reason I've never liked Roger Clemens -- he's a headhunter. (I'll take Andy Pettitte any day.)
Baseball's latest attempt to deal with it is ludicrous. Wang unintentionally hit Youkilis, putting that player out of the game and day to day. (Why pitchers don't ALWAYS move forward and show concern and express empathy for players they unintentionally drill with a baseball is beyond me. It would decrease tension and be, oh, I don't know, decent of them.) No one thought it was intentional and so no warning was given. Then Beckett drilled Giambi on the elbow in "retaliation." Giambi, being a knucklehead, thought that was fine. "He's looking out for his guys," said Giambi. How? By attacking an opposing player over an accident? Even stupider, the umpire then warned both teams not to retaliate. Huh? That means Boston got a free pass to hit a player on purpose, with the blessing of MLB. Wang did NOT hit Youkilis on purpose. Beckett did. Any time an umpire believes a pitcher hit a batter on purpose, that pitcher should be ejected from the game. Period. Issuing a warning just means pitchers who follow the rules have the inside of the plate taken away from them. If the Yankees did retaliate, throw their pitcher out. Immediately. Giving a warning lets everyone have a free pass on drawing blood and takes away an edge good and fair pitchers deserve. 99 times out of a 100, everyone knows exactly when a pitcher has intentionally hit a batter. Whenever that occurs, throw them out immediately. No stupid warning after the horses have left the barn.
That's the belief of this section 39 bleacher creature, at least. Also, I'm glad everyone thought that pile-driving of Posada was "clean," but it didn't look like baseball to me. It looked like football. I have no recommendation of how to change it, but how did tagging the plate devolve into smashing into a guy like a behemoth to try and dislodge the ball. He didn't beat the throw or make the tag around the catcher. Why should he get points for being a giant that can crush the other guy? I'm just surprised no one has had their neck broken that way.