January 20, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Tom Gage

No problem here with Justin Verlander's tweet about Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman caused quite a stir with the comments he made to Erin Andrews of Fox after the Seahawks-Niners game Sunday night. (Jonathan Ferrey / Getty Images)

Tom Gage’s 140 (words, not characters):

Do me a favor.

Don’t tell me Justin Verlander shouldn’t have tweeted that Seattle’s Richard Sherman would get a high and tight fastball for the tone of what he said on Sunday -- if Sherman were a baseball player.

Of course, he would. You know he would.

Verlander wasn’t saying he would throw at Sherman’s head. I didn’t take it that way. A message pitch doesn’t have to hit anyone to deliver the message.

My take on the tweet was that any baseball player as out of control with his comments as Sherman shouldn’t expect a pitch on the outside corner the next time he steps in.

Nor would he.

Some say baseball polices itself that way -- and perhaps it does. But if anyone thought Verlander overreacted with his comments, I’m firmly on the side that believes he did not.