Now that we know the ugly truth behind "The Battle of the Sexes," namely that Bobby Riggs took a dive in his 1973 tennis match against Billie Jean King, it makes you wonder about this shameful event:
In February 2004, [Jennie] Finch took the mound against major league hitters in the Pepsi All-Star Softball Game and struck out Albert Pujols, Mike Piazza, and Brian and Marcus Giles. "I never touched a pitch," an amazed Marcus Giles said. "Her fastball was the fastest thing I've ever seen, from that distance. It rises and cuts at the same time."
Now, am I alleging that the fix was in -- that Pujols, Piazza, and the brothers Giles struck out on purpose?
Yes. Yes, I am. I guarantee that was the case. I would stake my professional reputation as a baseball blogger on it.
In fact, I publicly challenge Jennie Finch to pitch to me, at a diamond* of her choosing. Three pitches to settle the question, once and for all: Are men better than women?
If I don't hear from Jennie Finch or her representatives** by the end of the week, I will be forced to assume that she -- and indeed all womankind -- have conceded that men are the superior sex.
Prove me wrong, gals!
* Or fancy restaurant.
** Really, any female between the ages of 25 and 50.