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June 03, 1988 - Image 12

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Page 12- The Michigan Daily - Friday, June 3, 1988
Can you shove umpires?...
Adam's Rib . . i.
...the situation is Rosey clear
CHICAGO - It is said that April showers bring The facts are manifest. You are not supposed to touch
May flowers, but with May's balmy weather, last an umpire. Rose did. He got punished.
month brought about a rash of tempestuous, stormy Granted, 30 days is an awfully long time, almost
outbursts in baseball that resembled poison ivy. one-fifth of a season. This seems especially extended
The most prominent incident involved Cincinnati when one considers that in the National Hockey League
Reds manager Pete Rose, who was suspended for 30 current Boston Bruin head coach Terry O'Reilly re-
days by National League President Bart Giamatti for ceived only a ten-day suspension for punching referee
shoving umpire Dave Pallone. Andy Van Hellemond in the face during his playing
To this day, Rose, who returned to managing two days a few years back. But baseball is different than
" days ago against the Chicago Cubs, maintains two hockey.
things: his suspension was too long and he was poked Focusing on the obvious difference between the
in the face by Pallone. two, baseball is not a contact sport. That is why con-
"I thought then, I think today, and I'll think when tact in baseball is taboo and results in major penalties
I'm 80 years old that it (the suspension) was too long," such as Rose's.
said Rose. "I could've shoved him around the ballpark Los Angeles Dodger Pedro Guerrero recently re-
and he's probably had better contact when he went ceived a four-day and $1,000 fine for throwing his bat
dancing." at New York Met pitcher David Cone. While Guerrero
After much deliberation, it is evident that Rose had overreacted and deserved a suspension, he did not touch
slam dancing in mind. an umpire and thus, he received a much lighter sen-
"Furthermore, I'd shove you if you poked me in the tence, which didn't please Rose, who claimed the
face right now," Rose emphasized directly in this re- president was "as inconsistent as the play of my team."
porter's face. "You'd probably shove me if I poked you But Rose must realize that the umpires are the
in the face, wouldn't you?" Kremlin of baseball. They represent a fundamental
I hesitantly said yes for fear of being difficult and function in a dictatorial baseball society. And for that
losing the interview but upon further consideration, I reason, if for no other, they should be exempt of all
think that Rose was mistaken. physical contact.
In what has probably become the most publicized With the May 31 actions of New York Yankee
and analyzed sports event of the month, Rose has been manager Billy "the Gardener" Martin, who decided to
characterized as both victim and villain for his argu- fertilize the dirt in Oakland and threw the uncultivated
ment over what Rose still insists was "a terrible call." product on umpire Dale Scott, there will be yet another
/soiePrs Didt he league president make an example out of him? suspension.
Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose just returned from his This question, while being addressed by experts ev- Gee, I hope the month of June brings about more
thirty day suspension for shoving umpire Dave Pallone. erywhere, is irrelevant. Rose shoved an umpire. Period. blossoming, healthy, Roses. Or do I?
Thrilla in Manila? Nah, Hearns-Barkley
BY MIKE GREIFENBERG Thomas Hearns' main goal in cocky announcer whereas Hagler wants to win a championship, but once-promising Michael Olajide in
"Boxing fans, Let's get ready to boxing was to become the first seems to like pushing deodorant and this desire is the only thing he has five rounds. This fight showed the
ruuumbllle," the announcer will fighter to ever win world titles in only seems to want a rematch with going for him. He started his career world that he is a worthy challenger I
scream moments before the main four different weight classes. He had Leonard. Both would gain very little 8-3, a good record for an NFL team for Hearns' title when he wants to
event. expressed this desire when he was an in another fight with Hearns with the but very poor for a boxer. be. But before he will be able to do
"In the red corner, from the tough undefeated welterweight champ. In exception of cold hard cash, but both anything with his career, he must
Bronx, New York, I give you Iran his last fight, he beat Juan Roldan could lose a lot of the respect they He then reeled off ten consecutive learn consistency and use desire every
'The Blade' Barkley!" for title number four. Goal accom- fought so hard to earn. victories before coming in as a sub- time he steps into the ring.
"His opponent in the blue corner, plished? Yes..... and no. With both fighters staying idle, stitute to fight a top challenger
hailing from the fighting city of De- He has achieved his main goal, Hearns has to wait. And wait. And named James Kinchen. A heavy un- "The referee stops the contest at
troit, Michigan, the World Boxing but during his quest, he met a couple wait. He has had a great career, but derdog, Barkley used his great inten- 2:21 of the sixth round, the winner
Council Middleweight Champion of of fighters named Ray Leonard and he is now going nowhere. He will sity to score an easy decision. The and stillllll champion, Thomas 'The
the world, Thomas 'The Hit Man' Mavin Hagler. These two are fight and win a few more uneventful victory catapulted him into the elite Hit Man' Hearns!" And everybody
Heams!" responsible for the only blemishes times and then retire as he yearns for of the middleweight division, where leaves.
Yes, there is going to be a rumble on Hearns' record, and he wants re- another crack at either fighter. he lingered unimpressively before
in Las Vegas this Monday. The two venge very badly. His opponent Monday, however, losing to World Boxing Association
fighters are fierce warriors whose ca- The only problem is that both is Barkley, a fighter whose career has champion Sumbu Kalambay.
reers share one common trait: seem to be happy doing what they always been up and down and always In his next outing, desire again
stagnation. are doing now. Leonard likes being a will be stagnant. He desperately turned into intensity as he destroyed
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