Wednesday, September 14, 2011


During the steroid era, when every punch and judy hitter suddenly
morphed into Harmon Killlebrew and started hitting 40 bombs a
year, Major League Baseball put their head in the sands and said,
"What? We see nothing," as they were simultaneously lining their
pockets with record revenues generated from increased attendance,
ratings, and television contracts.

But when the Washington Nationals wanted to honor the 22 Navy
SEAL's who died in action, many from the elite Team Six, by wearing
specially made caps, MLB said, "Not so fast. Doing so would violate
our "Unanimity" code.

When Roseanne Barr desecrated the national anthem years ago in
San Diego with a despicable performance that was punctuated with
a spit and a grab of her crotch,  MLB did nothing, saying
it was "a team issue" and the Padres can handle it.

Yet, when the New York Mets wanted to honor the first responders
from 9/11 on the 10th anniversary of arguably, the most significant day
in our country's history, MLB didn't think it was a "team issue" and
prevented the Mets from wearing the hats. Joe Torre, now a member
of the Commissioner's Office, and suddenly a lieutenant of the fashion
police, used the whole "Unanimity" thing again.

Talk about little things affecting little minds. Two days out of what seems
like a 1,000 during the season, a couple of teams want to honor the
heroes and fallen heroes of our country and MLB wants to make a stink
about it. Nobody ever seems to have a problem when the San Diego
Padres break out their camouflaged jerseys every year to honor the
military, but when the Mets and Nationals want to do something to
pay tribute to the SEAL's and first responders, the Commissioner's
Office feels like they are going to smash  the sanctimonious dress code?
Give me a break.

Conversely, the NFL, which has always gotten it, despite almost shooting
themselves in the foot with a lockout that came too close to truly affecting
the season, allowed accessories to honor the victims of 9/11.
Lance Briggs, through the company that endorses him, Reebook, had
special red, white, and blue shoes and gloves produced for the event.

Several other players also got them in time to wear during their games.
And at the same time the Mets were playing on national team without
the hats they wanted to wear, the New York Jets were wearing their
hats to pay tribute to the first responders. Tom Coughlin and several
members of his coaching staff also wore those same type of hats during
their games. The NFL had no problem with the gesture.

MLB doesn't understand the emotional side of things. It's not tainting
the game if people want to honor real heroes by wearing a different
hat. The Commissioner's Office turned its head away for 10 years during
the steroid era, they could have done it for 10 seconds in the cases
of the Nationals and the Mets. And apparently, they missed the boat
on our countries feelings about dress codes.We hate them and ignore
them. That's just the way it is. Look around at children in schools,
employees and work, and NBA players when they come into arenas.
It's a freedom and expression thing.

The Mets and Nationals wanted express their gratitude for the people who
fought and died protecting our freedom. Just one small gesture for people
who performed several big acts. This too shall pass, but it's just another
black eye for a league, who has so many of them

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