You’ve probably heard about how the Boston Red Sox have banned beer in the clubhouse, as it’s getting a lot of attention from the sports media world. Well, here’s my rant about it.
First off, I LOVE baseball.. Always have since I was a kid. I was lucky enough to grow up just outside of Philadelphia, and we had a few Phillies baseball players as neighbors. So my love of the game has been deeply rooted throughout my life. I’m a big believer that when you sign up to be a professional baseball player, you’re signing up to be the hero of some young boy (or girl), and you have a responsibility to live up to that.
You may think that’s unfair, but that’s the position they’re placed in. If you don’t want to be looked up to… Take MY job! This being said, I have two huge bones to pick with baseball!
1) Drinking during the game! I don’t know of any profession where you are allowed to drink during work time! Baseball players are in a profession that revolves around milliseconds, and these players are given very high salaries to win as well as entertain, and the coaches and management are going to allow them to dull their senses between innings?!
I don’t have any issue with a cooler filled with a couple of beers waiting for them AFTER the game – Heck, this may even build some team camaraderie! But during the game? Come on!
2) Fat Athletes! You’re telling me that there’s not enough competition to get into professional sports, that no matter what your position, you should be in shape, a finely tuned instrument. When they do their taxes, their job title says “Professional Athlete,” doesn’t it?
You might not have to run in the game a lot, but you do have to SOMETIMES. And good conditioning could seriously mean the difference between a win and a loss.
I will give a slight pass to some positions in football, where sheer girth has its place. Although I think this past football season has proven that the teams that are not as cardiovascularly fit seem to have a HUGE disadvantage as the game goes on, as demonstrated by so many late game come backs. You can just tell the defense has just become gassed and has nothing left, and the offenses are walking all over them!
I just have trouble believing that with the amount of aspiring athletes out there, the leagues can’t find guys who are committed to being a total athlete.