Fighting Talk

According to the BBC, the International Olympic Committee is considering dropping wrestling as a sport for the 2020 Olympics in order to make way for one of seven other sports, including “baseball/softball, squash, karate, sport climbing, wakeboarding, wushu and roller sports.” Well, we at Right Off the Bat have come up with a solution to this quandary. It seems a shame for wrestling to be dropped, since wrestling does seem Olympian (we don’t think the Ancient Greeks were playing wushu back in the day). Baseball (and softball for the women) is the ideal compromise, since you could make it a requirement for each game to include a bench-clearing slamfest. We see the the seventh-inning stretch as a natural interlude. Clearly, the United States would hold a considerable advantage here, as the video below testifies, but we don’t think it would take long for other nations to catch up. Now, play brawl!

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