by John Viril—
Like everyone else who was watching the Royals 8-2 victory Tuesday against Tampa Bay, I saw Jeff Francoeur nut tap third base coach Eddie Rodriguez after hitting a triple. From the video, it appears as if Francoeur intended to poke him in the belly and missed—resulting in a wave of guffaws that has resounded among fans across the web.
Yeah, sure it’s amusing. But, to me, it was worth no more than a momentary chuckle. Yet, you see posts about it on blogs all over the net. On the Foxsports.com Royals team page, you can see three stories on the incident.
I guess everyone else thinks it’s a lot more funny than I do.
The analytical part of me can’t help but wonder why. A pretentious gremlin inside my brain whispers that NBA player Jason Collins came out as gay on Monday. Maybe Francoeur’s slap-stick mistake might have assured everyone that things aren’t changing too much: sports is still a bastion of manliness. That sounds pretty darn condescending to the people who liked...