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Old 10-24-2006, 02:52 PM   #1
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George Brett Pine Tar Incident Video

Some of you may know about the Pinetar incident. For those that don't here is a bit of history on it:

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Brett had injuries on-and-off for the next four years, during which his most noteworthy achievement was the notorious "Pine Tar Incident." On July 24, 1983, the Royals were playing the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. In the top of the ninth inning, Brett came up to bat against Goose Gossage, his old rival. Brett hit a two-run homer, to put the Royals up 5-4. After Brett rounded the bases, Yankees manager Billy Martin (at the suggestion of his third baseman Graig Nettles) came out of the dugout and used home plate to measure the amount of pine tar on Brett's bat, citing an obscure rule that stated the pine tar on a bat could extend no further than 18 inches. Brett's pine tar extended about 24 inches.

"I've never seen this," said sportscaster and ex-Yankee Bobby Murcer on WPIX as he watched McClelland measure the bat across the plate. "I never have either," said Murcer's partner, Frank Messer. A few moments later, the home plate umpire, Tim McClelland, signalled Brett out.

The normally mild-mannered Brett charged out of the dugout, enraged, and was immediately ejected. An incredulous Messer:

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Look at this!...He is out, and having to be forcibly restrained from hitting plate umpire Tim McClelland. And the Yankees have won the ball game 4 to 3!

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The Royals protested the game, and their protest was upheld by AL president (and former Yankees chief executive) Lee MacPhail, who ruled that the bat was not "altered to improve the distance factor", and that the rules only provided for removal of the bat from the game, and not calling the batter out.

The game was replayed, starting after Brett's homer. Billy Martin had one last trick up his sleeve, appealing the play before, saying the umpires had no way of knowing Brett had touched all the bases. The umpires produced affidavits saying he had. The game had virtually no effect on 1983's pennant race, but was in many ways the closing chapter on a heated rivalry. The video of the enraged Brett is replayed often on the anniversary date of July 24, and the Pine Tar Game has become part of baseball folklore.
and here is the video. This guy is pissed.

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Re: George Brett Pine Tar Incident Video

I live in St. Louis ! Now we have smudge-Gate MyFox St. Louis | It's Becoming Known as Smudge-Gate
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Yeah, that was crazy. It's funny too because George Brett was always very calm and never got pissed about anything. He ****in' went off on that **** though.
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Re: George Brett Pine Tar Incident Video

I remember that incident, good stuff, and nice find on the vid.
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Re: George Brett Pine Tar Incident Video

wtf is pine tar and what does it do?
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You put it on the handle for better grip.
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and thats cheating?
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Re: George Brett Pine Tar Incident Video

The point of the rule, as I see it, is to prevent players from having any weight advantage by putting more pine tar on the bat to increase the weight and effectiveness of the bat, or something like that. It's a bad rule, but one that needs to be on the books incase someone wants to take advantage of it.
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