Baseball’s been very very good to …

Remember the Jose Jiminez character on the ancient Danny Thomas show?  (Yay, Hulu…).

I have an opinion (surprise) on the suspension issue.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t really know A-Rod from hot-rod, but I do know kids and that is what concerns me about this issue of substance abuse and hero-worship.

It’s really simple.  Kids are going to look to all kinds of accomplished prominent figures in any field of endeavor. In fact, we want them to, as it gives them a model of the level of achievement and its parameters to strive for.

Just don’t make them into heroes.

Apparently, people will do just about anything to win.  That is one of the reasons I don’t like the idea of emphasizing competition and being ‘better than’.  What I do think is worthwhile is for all of us to know what constitutes best practices, state of the art, standing record, model of achievement, etc. in any arena.

When children are taught to draw and paint, they should be given masterful examples to copy.  If they are learning to sing, they should listen to the best in the genres and emulate them.  When they show an interest in the violin, they should study the techniques of the maestros.  If they have a talent for basketball, watch the NBA; for chess? Replay master games on the computer.  Is golf their passion? Watch the Masters over and over. And then in all of these, develop their own style and record of success, to the highest level of their capability.

Just don’t think that Da Vinci, Pavarotti, Menuhin,  Jordan, Fischer, Woods are ideal human behavior role models.

So, let the process grind out the final verdict on Rodriguez and he can decide what to do.  I don’t think any of us should come down on him or the Commission, either way.  Gaming the system, getting around the rules, garnering advantage are all part of the competitive nature as long as winning is what determines who makes the most money and money is considered the ultimate prize. Cheating is cheating and if that is what these guys did, regardless of who they are, they should be held accountable, but apparently, the owners have looked the other way on similar behavior for years.

There was a time when achievement and success, with all the accolades and rewards that accompany them were tied inexorably to honor, fairness, playing by the rules, ethics and integrity.  All we have to do is look at our political system to know that it is considered old fashioned, chumpism to behave that way today.

So, instead of endlessly hashing over who struck John in the parade of fallen idols, and using the excuse that our children need heroes and that is purportedly why all these adults pretend that this is an issue worthy of debate, let’s just call it what it is: opportunism.

Find heroes for our children elsewhere.

4 Comments on “Baseball’s been very very good to …

  1. Agreed! I have never understood competitiveness; it has always seemed like an incredible waste of time and energy to me. I would say more but I am on my iPad and I hate typing with this thing!

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