I hope that this is the last I write about the on-going feud between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (I am so used to calling them the Devil Rays, even if they did change the name). Tampa Bay skipper Joe Maddon even went so far as to say that the slide by Shelly Duncan "bordered on criminal." Bordered on criminal. Any moment, you may hear that sound effect that's used on the NBC hit show " Law & Order " and Jack McCoy may walk in the room.

If it's criminal, why in the hell aren't Briscoe and Green investigating the case? Granted, it was a cheap shot. But criminal? I didn't see any crime scene tape around second base.  Like Tom Petty, Maddon "won't back down." I don't blame him. But at the same time, it's time that this thing be put to bed and out of our misery. Tampa Bay and the Yankees will play each other some 19 times in 2008. Let's allow the powers that be to investigate this thing. Then let Bob Watson do his best Jack McCoy impression and solve this thing.

There may be suspensions and probably some fines when the smoke settles. When the smoke does settle, let's hope that these two teams play the game the way it was meant to be. Hard but clean.


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