The Billy Crystal Scandal

Monday, March 17, 2008  |  by 

Never has one fake baseball player caused so much controversy in so little time. Overrated comedian Billy Crystal possibly had the most infamous strikeout in history on Thursday when he struck out in a Spring Training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Many baseball purists are calling the move a “disgrace to baseball”, a “publicity stunt” and “something else ridiculous in quotation marks”. On the opposite side of the spectrum, other folks think it was a nice gesture, and a way to bring more positive attention to baseball.

I myself sit on the fence on the issue (if you’re wondering where exactly on the fence, I’d probably say right-centre field). I think it’s unfair that any Hollywood star can just throw on a baseball jersey and play for a pro baseball team. It is a bit of a joke that someone with no professional experience can just go and swing a bat 6 times and have the entire world enthralled about it.

But on the other hand, it’s nice to see that such a big fan of baseball got to live their lifelong dream by playing for the Yankees. And after all, it’s only a preseason game - and it was only one at-bat. Hey, if Garth Brooks can do it for three teams, then why not the guy who was in City Slickers, My Giant, and City Slickers 2.

It makes me think that with enough money and by being famous, that I too can one day step into the batter’s box with the Toronto Blue Jays - but I know that won’t happen any time soon. *tear*

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