i·ro·ny1 /ˈaɪrəni, ˈaɪər-/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[ahy-ruh-nee, ahy-er-] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun, plural -nies. 1. the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning: the irony of her reply, “How nice!” when I said I had to work all weekend.
2. Literature. a. a technique of indicating, as through character or plot development, an intention or attitude opposite to that which is actually or ostensibly stated.
b. (esp. in contemporary writing) a manner of organizing a work so as to give full expression to contradictory or complementary impulses, attitudes, etc., esp. as a means of indicating detachment from a subject, theme, or emotion.
3. Socratic irony.
4. dramatic irony.
5. an outcome of events contrary to what was, or might have been, expected.
6. the incongruity of this.
7. an objectively sardonic style of speech or writing. (see: blog)
8. an objectively or humorously sardonic utterance, disposition, quality, etc.
So, Michael Barrett and Carlos Zambrano get in a dustup in the dugout (or, as I like to call it, a little Bonds vs. Kent). Zambrano opens Barrett’s lip and sends him to the hospital. The best part, however, is that “Sweet” Lou Piniella separated the combatants and has stated that he will discipline them both.
I know, stop laughing. Yes, that Lou Piniella. This Lou Piniella:
This kind of stuff is why I write about sports. Anyone can look up the score, but the blogosphere was made for the exploration of delicious cognitive dissonance. Like Lou Piniella disciplining players for acting the way he taught them to act.
Am I the only one who remembers this classic PSA?