How much we should care about Papi’s Lament

When I saw the headline on Craig’s post

A lot of major leaguers hate the pace-of-play rules. But it ain’™t really about them.

… I made an incorrect assumption. In the wake of a story by Paul Sullivan about some major leaguers who aren’t thrilled with MLB’s pace-of-game initiative, Craig points out that a) veteran major leaguers can easily afford any fines associated with the new rules, and b) this is really about training the minor leaguers — and, I would add, young major leaguers — who (ideally) will essentially grow up with these procedures. So instead of screwing around for 30 seconds after every pitch, routinely, they will instead routinely just stay in the batter’s box. Just like hitters did for innumerable decades.

Which seems exactly right to me. Rob Manfred probably doesn’t give a tinker’s damn about David Ortiz, who’s too old to change and too rich to try. But he probably does care about Kris Bryant.

When I first saw Craig’s headline, though, I thought he was going to say the new rules are really about us. That is, the us who care about deeply, and follow religiously, baseball.

Or more to the point, that it’s not about the players at all. Players like David Ortiz — and I don’t mean to pick on him, at all — seem to want it both ways. They want to be paid like movie stars, but also run the studio.

Well, it doesn’t (or shouldn’t) work that way. If you want to get paid like a movie star, then make the movie the head of the studio tells you to make. If you want to make your own movies, then start your own league and see how many cable companies come calling.