So back when I was about five, my family got really bad service in a restaurant. So bad that my parents very uncharacteristically decided not to leave a tip.
Later, when we were driving away, I started crying.
"What's wrong?" says my mom. Says I: "I forgot my nickel!"
My mother was, of course, horrified. Because leaving no tip is kind of...ambiguous. Leaving a nickel tip is a slap-in-the-face insulting statement.
That's kind of how I feel about Pat Onstad's "punishment" for his shoulder slam on Fredy Montero. It was announced today and is...
No, I didn't leave off a zero. That's: One. Hundred. Dollars. Officially for "lack of respect for the game."
Because no punishment at all could in theory kind of mean, "Oh. We forgot." A hundred dollar fine, on the other hand, means: "Pfft. Who cares?"
We care, MLS. Way to enforce your rules and tell players that this is not the way you want them to behave.
I am officially disgusted.