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The Unwritten Laws...

We all have certain things we are very passionate about. Some of us are family people. We'd do anything to defend a family member or dear friend. We subscribe to the "Corleone Code," which is to NEVER go against the family. Some of us live and die for our political beliefs and have no sense of humor about it whatsoever…those folks are usually big hits at parties. And some of us are the defenders of gamesmanship and the unwritten rules in the game of baseball.

I am, and have always been, a win-at-all cost type of guy. It isn't always the best way to live, and I have found myself apologizing for things I've done and said on the field—a lot. Sometimes, though, and it kills me to admit it, you do learn from losing. You understand that a cheap win isn't worth nearly as much as a hard-fought loss. There is a code between competitors and it exists for a reason.

We've all heard the expression, "That was a Bush League move." The sad thing is it gives a lousy name to guys still playing in the Bush League, or minors…but we'll chalk it up to the expressions of the time. What it means is far more important.

For example, there was a very "Bush League" move that happened Sunday between the Detroit Tigers and visiting Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (no matter how many times I hear that I smirk…just a bit).

That move was Erik Aybar's bunt attempt on Tigers ace Justin Verlander during his no-hit bid. Boo. Sorry, but that is awful. I realize the object of the game is to win and that the Angels are in a division fight at the moment, but SWING AWAY! It's like in "Karate Kid" when John Kreese tells Johnny Lawrence to "sweep the leg" on already injured Daniel Larusso. It's bad form. It's just not what you do. I don't know for sure if Mike Scioscia told Aybar to bunt, and I doubt that would come from the Angels skipper. But if it was his call, Aybar should have looked him in the eye and said, "NO SENSEI!"

Verlander was filthy and was going for his second no-no of the season. Respect him for the worthy opponent he is and take your cuts. The legit comebacker up the middle or a sharp liner down the third base line would feel so much better and cause Justin to tip his cap.

There is a code in baseball. It exists. We don't always agree with it, especially when it doesn't favor our favorite team or players, but it is there and the game is better for it.

Again, this is just my opinion. Had I been in Aybar's spikes on Sunday, with all the fireworks, maybe I'd feel differently about the bunt attempt. It's hard to make judgement calls on the guys playing the game. We don't truly know how they are feeling, but trying to bunt in the later innings of a no-hit bid is very Bush League. That's the way I see it.

What's your take? Tweet me at @mikeyoh21.

We all have certain things we are very passionate about. Some of us are family people. We'd do anything to defend a family member or dear friend. We subscribe to the "Corleone Code," which is to NEVER go against the family. Some of us live and die for our political beliefs and have no sense of humor about it whatsoever…those folks are usually big hits at parties. And some of us are the defenders of gamesmanship and the unwritten rules in the game of baseball.

I am, and have always been, a win-at-all cost type of guy. It isn't always the best way to live, and I have found myself apologizing for things I've done and said on the field—a lot. Sometimes, though, and it kills me to admit it, you do learn from losing. You understand that a cheap win isn't worth nearly as much as a hard-fought loss. There is a code between competitors and it exists for a reason.

We've all heard the expression, "That was a Bush League move." The sad thing is it gives a lousy name to guys still playing in the Bush League, or minors…but we'll chalk it up to the expressions of the time. What it means is far more important.

For example, there was a very "Bush League" move that happened Sunday between the Detroit Tigers and visiting Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (no matter how many times I hear that I smirk…just a bit).

That move was Erik Aybar's bunt attempt on Tigers ace Justin Verlander during his no-hit bid. Boo. Sorry, but that is awful. I realize the object of the game is to win and that the Angels are in a division fight at the moment, but SWING AWAY! It's like in "Karate Kid" when John Kreese tells Johnny Lawrence to "sweep the leg" on already injured Daniel Larusso. It's bad form. It's just not what you do. I don't know for sure if Mike Scioscia told Aybar to bunt, and I doubt that would come from the Angels skipper. But if it was his call, Aybar should have looked him in the eye and said, "NO SENSEI!"

Verlander was filthy and was going for his second no-no of the season. Respect him for the worthy opponent he is and take your cuts. The legit comebacker up the middle or a sharp liner down the third base line would feel so much better and cause Justin to tip his cap.

There is a code in baseball. It exists. We don't always agree with it, especially when it doesn't favor our favorite team or players, but it is there and the game is better for it.

Again, this is just my opinion. Had I been in Aybar's spikes on Sunday, with all the fireworks, maybe I'd feel differently about the bunt attempt. It's hard to make judgement calls on the guys playing the game. We don't truly know how they are feeling, but trying to bunt in the later innings of a no-hit bid is very Bush League. That's the way I see it.

What's your take? Tweet me at @mikeyoh21.