I have a real problem with the 3rd Baseman in MLB who "faked" the foul ball catch with a "rubber ball" that apparently one of the spectators had brought to the game in a bag, which is shown in the video when the player goes over the wall.
Here is the story for those who missed it.
Basically, from what I have seen, the 3rd baseman (and I am NOT a baseball fan so the players name means nothing to me....) dove into the stands to attempt to catch a foul ball. He went completely over the front of the seating area and out of sight. When he landed, he never had possession of the actual baseball. Watch the video I linked above.
He saw this rubber ball lying there which he had knocked out of a fans bag when he went over the railing, and he grabs it, puts it in his mitt and the Umpire arrived on the scene after the player had been over the railing and wall and out of sight for several seconds. The Umpire is shown calling the batter out and the 3rd baseman player says nothing.......He throws the rubber ball into the stands immediately, meanwhile, a spectator actually has the REAL baseball and is shown on video tape.
Later on, it was revealed that the player had in fact dropped the ball (in fact, never caught it apparently) and "faked" the out with the "rubber ball". The 3rd baseman, from what I saw, jokingly said he thought about throwing the rubber ball to the pitcher to pitch with.
The 3rd baseman also "JUSTIFIED" his actions by saying something stupid like "It's Hollywood so you have to act" or some other justification for his deceit and lying.
I am sorry, but the player should be sanctioned for knowingly deceiving the umpire. He should be ashamed he is a liar, he is NOT an "actor". I don't find the humor in this that many seem to thinking it's "funny" he got away with it for calling the out. If he was a person of integrity, he would have not faked the catch and he would have simply been given credit for a remarkable effort to attempt to catch the foul ball.
When I mentioned this to two neighbors, they basically said "Oh, it's no big deal, it's just a game." I disagree. It's the chance to be honest and do things right or its the chance to be a liar and deceptive to millions of very impressionable young people. The ball player had the chance to do the right thing, which was to be honest and admit he dropped the ball (or never actually caught it), but he didn't. Truth is had he picked up the actual correct baseball after dropping it, nobody probably would have noticed, but it still would have been just as wrong.
The message this sends is "win at any cost" and "do whatever it takes to win" even if its dishonest, deceitful and demonstrates a major void in one's character.
"It was one of those things where I think any third baseman or any player trying to win would do it," said Frazier. (Frazier is the player who faked the play and lied.)
I find this story very sad and disappointing. I am also bothered that the players statement is a horrible role model for young people. The moral character of many in our nation continues to swirl in the bowl after being flushed with unacceptable behavior, such as this.