A .500 Bill due in Foxborough
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Hi, Nick. Since you have spent much of the past month covering the Sox, I thought I could use this forum to ask you about the events of Game 3. While I in no way support the actions of Pedro and Manny, I am amazed that Zimmer gets away with only a $5,000 fine. If any other coach comes off the bench, crosses the entire field and attacks the other team's star player, he would be suspended for a year, minimum. I don't agree with the thought that since he's a 72 year old guy, it's OK -- a coach is a coach and they all should be treated the same. Tim McCarver suggested that Zimmer reacted that way because he was beaned as a young player and he dislikes that aspect of baseball. Well, it sure didn't bother Zimmer too much when Clemens hit Mike Piazza a few years back. Additionally, what would have happened if Zim had poked Pedro in the eye, or rolled over his knee and Pedro had to leave Game 3 (and maybe miss Game 7)? Would this be treated differently? What is your take on the punishment doled out to Zimmer? Was his apology enough to stop any further action? (Although he wasn't "embarrassed" about losing a 14 game lead in '78, was he?) By the way, it was a thrill to meet you in the hotel lobby in DC prior to the Pats game. All of us are big "Ask Nick" fans.
-- M. Forni, Wibraham
A: What we don't know is how Zim really felt about Clemens throwing at Piazza. He might have been outraged by that, too, but he's not going to charge Roger in the dugout. I think the punishment was fine. He's a coach, not a player, and what he did was bizarre. The guys who throw the baseball and try to hit it are the ones the league chose to focus on and rightly so. It was a pleasure meeting you as well.
Nick, Regarding the disputed outcome of the coin toss in Miami, wouldn't it just make sense for the referee to leave the coin on the ground until both sides have looked at it? Then pick it up. Just a thought.
-- Jake, Guilford
A: Sure does Jake.
Does Bethel Johnson read the mailbag? In the pre-season(?) he said we hadn't seen his "A-speed" yet. Have we seen it yet? Are we going to see it against Cleveland? All us fans really, really appreciate the way you guys have been playing this year. It inspires us to do our own stuff better.
-- Es, N.J.
A: I think we saw it on one of those sideline patterns early in the season. Why not just let him go and heave it down field so he can go it. I haven't seen that. And I'd like to. Continued...