Warning : The following passage, culled from the Sunday column of the New York Post’s Phil Mushnick recalls violent imagery, not unlike that found in many of today’s video games and/or HBO programming.

A Post editorial last week ridiculed City Councilman James Oddo’s attempt to ban metal bats in NYC high school games. The editorial claimed there’s no conclusive scientific proof that metal bats are more dangerous to infielders, especially pitchers, than wooden bats.

You want proof? Try this: Between a wooden mop handle and a metal pipe, which would you rather be hit with? There’s your conclusive scientific proof.

Actually, I do want proof. And until Phil submits to such a test —- wooden mop handle first, followed by the metal pipe, I don’t think we’ll know for sure.