Chooch Has Big Cojones

3 06 2011

There has been a lot of talk lately about the violent collisions at home plate in MLB, spurred only after franchise catcher for the Giants, Buster Posey had season ending surgery to repair his broken leg, a result from a collision at the plate.  No doubt it was a hard play at the plate, but a play that has happened several hundred times over the history of baseball.  It was a play that was played the right way, not dirty in the least and now that way now that is coming under heavy speculation.

“When the game is on the line, I don’t think you’re going to [do anything differently]. You’re the catcher. You’re going to want to stay there. You’re going to stay because you want to win. So it’s hard to think that way because everything happens real fast,” he added philosophically.”If not, don’t be a catcher. If you’re going to catch, you have to love catching. Everything about it. It’s hard. It’s not easy. But you have to do it.” -Chooch via Philly.com

Fucking A right Chooch!  Exactly what you want to hear from your catcher.  Just because one pretty boy catcher suffers an injury, we’re now supposed to change the way the game has been played for 100 plus years?  Fuck no.  Thank you Chooch, this is why Philadelphians love you and always will, you play the game the right way.

This is now an age where team GM’s are actually telling their catchers to avoid contact at the plate! Are you kidding me Billy Beane?  Athletics GM Billy Beane recently told his catcher Kurt Suzuki…

“I said to him, ‘I don’t want you planting yourself in front of the plate waiting to get creamed. You’re an athletic catcher — be athletic.  I don’t subscribe to the theory you should be a crash-test dummy,” Beane said he told Suzuki. “I don’t want to lose you for six months.” ‘ ” Beane told ESPN.

Now it’s not as egregious as say telling them to not defend the plate, but you can read between the lines and that message is that one run in a single game in early June is not worth losing that player for the rest of the season.  Chooch is going to play the game he learned how to play it, by protecting the plate damn it.  Chooch, it’s why we love you.  That and you hit 105 MPH Aroldis Chapman fastballs like it ain’t no thang, and you’re clutch as shit, and you’re as cute as a Furby doll (total homo).  Quickly becoming an all-time Phillie.

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