Yeah, he said some stuff about fans. He said some stuff about a plan. He said some stuff about player development.
I agree with him, at least on those points. For every super-prospect rushed to the Majors with success ala Ken Griffey Jr. there are dozens of prospects who came up too soon, didn’t perform and were sent back down to the minors destroying that youthful confidence. With that said…
What really bothers me is when he added this brief sentence,
“This is an entertainment business”
Picture this. Feb 5th, 1988. There’s a special Friday Night WWF Main Event on primetime TV. My cousins and I watched intently as Hulk Hogan defended the WWF championship against his former best friend, and then current nemesis, Andre the Giant. The match itself didn’t last long but the impact of the bout lasts to this day. For those who didn’t see this… Andre and his cohorts bribed an impostor referee into handing him the win along with the championship. I remember us all screaming at the TV, demanding an official review. We were pissed.
Later that night I realized what the 1980’s had so earnestly tried to keep from me… pro wrestling was staged. It was fake. It went by what the marketers decided would draw more viewers.
A few years after that pro wrestling was hit with drug abuse allegations… steroids, etc. etc. They decided to rebrand themselves as Sports Entertainment, completely shedding themselves of any speck of legitimacy. I seldom watch wrestling anymore. It’s still on a lot. What I have seen is much much more soap opera than sports.
This afternoon while driving to the grocery store I tuned into ESPN sports radio and heard those words… “This is an entertainment business.”
I damn near drove off the road. Baseball is no stranger to performing enhancing drug abuses. Is it becoming “Sports Entertainment?”
Could our beloved past time baseball, fall into the ranks of players standing on the field staring each other down… could they call each other out in interviews…. could they become scripted?
On Feb 6th, 1988 I lost interest in pro wrestling. Is baseball next?
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