In an interview last night during the MLB All-Star game, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright said he grooved a pitch to Derek Jeter to ‘help the old man’ out.
Clearly, it was a damn joke. Anybody who wields a modicum of an iota of a sense of humor can understand such a statement.
But because we live in a 24/7 news cycle/social media world that loves politically correct standards of stern, no-nonsense statements that, if contended and contested by something deemed politically incorrect or mildly humorous, become blown out of proportion, Adam Wainwright is being thrown out into the gutter just for a little line he used.
On this ESPN article’s Conversation section, people are inserting their opinions. When Wainwright ensuingly clarified things to FOX’s Erin Andrews last night, I knew people on social media would snarl up their faces and blow this out of proportion, since the game itself decides home field advantage in the World Series.
One commenter said something along the lines of, “So what? Chan Ho Park grooved one to Cal Ripken in 2001.”
And then there was this guy:
I guess Adam Wainwright also grooved that pitch to Miguel Cabrera that resulted in a 2-run shot as well, correct?
This just, again, proves that people love to have something to bitch about. And I’m no exception to the theory, since I’m on here writing about it.