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Subject:  Isn't that illegal? It should be . . . Date:  10/7/2007  5:14 PM
Author:  Springtex Number:  34008 of 56833

Just a couple of weeks ago, the NE Patriots got busted for using game video to try and decipher the signs the opposition were using across the field (and for whatever other purposes). Now, we just learned from the TBS guy down on the field that as a designated hitter David Ortiz goes into the clubhouse between at-bats and looks a video of pitches, "studying the strike zone" of the umpire.

I submit that Ortiz is getting unfair advantage and ought to be barred from doing that. Despite the fact that I deplore umpires "having a strike zone" other than corner to corner of home plate and high and low according to the written rules, if the rest of the hitters have to go out there and guess what's going to be a called strike, then Ortiz ought to have to do the same. Same for any other hitter who uses the video for such purposes, if they do.

Seems like cheating using game video is running rampant in Boston.

/s/ S.T.
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