April 22, 2016
Dr. Michael J. O’Connell, Healthcare Consultant, Barrington, New Hampshire commented that last October we witnessed on the professional baseball field something that doesn’t happen but once in a blood moon. A ballplayer (Jonathon Papplebon) called out a teammate (Harper) for not hustling his run to first base on a routine fly ball. The two argued briefly in the dugout, then scuffled with a few punches flying briefly, all caught on televised broadcast.
Such laziness and lack of hustle is commonplace in baseball in particular (showing late for practice is commonplace in football). In decades past this behavior was met with fairly severe measures including counseling by the manager (on and off the field), fines imposed by the team, possible suspension. This discipline never happens nowadays, partly due to the union influence, partly due to our politically correct society.
The real travesty though is not Harper’s lack of hustle, that’s expected, but the fact that Papplebon was suspended. Not Harper… Papplebon. Jonathon should be rewarded for having the balls to do what today’s coaches/managers/owners are scared to death of doing. For what the players are paid, for such incredibly narrow talents/skills, they should run out all fly balls – run like they mean it.