Thursday, April 8, 2010

If you don't vote, then you can't complain.

When I turned 18 years old and was of legal age to vote, my parents encouraged me to make my voice heard. I can remember them saying to me “If you don’t vote, then you can’t complain”. Voting gives people the opportunity to make changes if there is something going on that they don’t agree with. We the people have the power to amend what is going on in our city, state, and country.

This past week there were a couple of individuals in the world of sports who had the ability to make change, but decided against it. They each opted to complain to the media in an attempt to make themselves look better.

Joe West, who has been a major league umpire for 32 years, recently worked the NY Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox series. West was the crew chief for these games, which means that he was the head of the umpires that were working these games. He accused both clubs of playing at a tempo that was “pathetic and embarrassing” and refusing to work with the umpires in their attempts to speed up the game.

What Joe apparently has yet to realize in his 32 YEARS of working professional baseball game is that BASEBALL IS A SLOW GAME!! If West wants to speed up the tempo of the games, then maybe he and his crew should take charge out on the field. I’ve seen umpires in the minor leagues take charge and hustle the players on and off the field. Why can’t major league umpires?

My second nominee for grumbler of the week goes to Billy Payne, the chairman of Augusta National and the Masters Golf tournament. With all of the hoopla surrounding Tiger Woods, Payne waited until the Wednesday before the Masters started to give his two cents on the Tiger Woods situation. Payne whimpered about how “Our hero did not live up to the expectations as a role model that we sought for our children."

I find it interesting that Payne is giving this lecture about being a role model to kids when he doesn’t allow women to be members at his golf club. How’s that for being a role model? Maybe he needs to look in the mirror before he starts casting stones upon other people that he believes are corrupt.

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