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“Outside the fence, we’re all friends…”

Five years ago this week, I stood at home plate at our Majors baseball field and gave my first opening day speech as president of Saddleback Little League. I told the assembled parents and players: Inside the fence, we play hard to win. Outside the fence, we’re all friends and part of one community. It …

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The dangers of trash talk — Part II

A couple years ago, I blogged about the dangers of trash talk. Too bad the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t read it. Here is what one of them did in Cowboys Stadium before yesterday’s playoff game.

A “code” of respect?

White Sox’ manager Ozzie Guillen recently threatened to retaliate against teams whose pitchers hit their batters. This seems like a brutal case of bad sportsmanship unless you read The Code: Baseball’s Unwritten Rules and Its Ignore-at-Your-Own-Risk Code of Conduct by Ross Bernstein. Then, baseball’s traditional “eye for an eye” method of policing proper conduct makes sense – …

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