The Baseball Desert

Friday, October 08, 2004

Headline news

"Man Complains At Being Fined A Day's Wages For Not Bothering To Turn Up To Work".

Hey Sammy, wake up and smell the roses. Welcome to the real world (you know, the one where it might take someone maybe 3 or 4 years to earn $87,400). It's not even about the money, it's about the principle - this is what happens to us lowly folk when we decide we might just not turn up at the office today, so why shouldn't ballplayers be treated the same way?

I've had it with the Cubs in general and Sammy in particular - the beaming homer-run slugger who teamed up with Mark McGwire to charm a nation in '98 has slowly metamorphosed into this whiny shell of his former self, and his ballclub seems to be following suit (a comprehensive list of the most relevant quotes can be found at The Cub Reporter). Meanwhile The View From The Bleachers suggests at least a partial remedy to the problem, but I'm past caring - I don't care if they have grounds for their variations on a "we're being persecuted" theme, I'm just fed up of hearing them. Thanks for the memories, guys, but I'm outta here...