What, columnist George Will (Editorial Pages, Oct. 23) espousing the designated-hitter rule for baseball! I should think it more likely Will would become the ideological apologist for the Soviet Politburo.
Will now embraces the asinine DH because a never-at-bat American League pitcher, Boston's Bruce Hurst, was so inept at the plate that he provoked a laugh from the umpire (National League, no doubt) in the first game of the World Series.
Will argues that the DH now has "tradition" on its side because it has been around (in the American League) for so long. So, too, have socialism, pornography and arms control. I've yet to witness Will embracing those matters.
George confesses that he has no response to the "logical" argument against the DH, that baseball has but nine players--a square of the perfect, pastoral 3, and not 10 players--a crushing binary notion.