October 8, 2009

Baseball fans are more money-grubbing than the players

After listening to Colin Cowherd on ESPN radio this morning spar with words against Joe Blow American over this Ryan Howard/Phillies lawsuit, it makes me think that this country is just full of a bunch of overweight losers looking for the best way to make money quick.

When 12-year-old Jennifer Valdivia caught the Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard's 200th career home run earlier this summer, it sparked a legal battle. The Phillies approached the girl immediately after her catch, and traded it for a signed, regular ball. Her attorney, Norm Kent, sued Monday for Valdivia to get back the original ball. By Monday afternoon, the ball was hers again. Kent shares the story.

Cowherd took the viewpoint that basically players don't like fans for this reason... many are just looking to profit from them. After hearing call after call from people complaining saying "Oh that ball could put my kids through college" or "I'm a truck driver and I need the money" ... I've come to the conclusion that Americans are morons.

They actually view going to a baseball game as a capitalist venture. I've seen this first hand with jock sniffers hanging around the Spokane Indians ballpark trying to sell guy's first professional home run ball at a significant markup. Or stealing bats from the RACKS IN THE DUGOUT and selling them online. No joke, these are the kind of people that go to baseball games.

Cowherd further went on saying that if he were a professional athlete he wouldn't sign any autographs for people over the age of 30. Why? Cause they're going to take that ball and make a profit.

People went crazy. "It's our right!" "It's capitalism!" "Those players make millions of dollars, what does it matter to them that I profit off of them!"

If you seriously plan on making something of a living or any financial game by leeching off of professional athletes, I really feel you should be just locked in your mom's basement. There are some serious issues with the priorities of people if they see this as a way to make financial gains.

Back to the Howard story. That ball means something to Howard. The girl GAVE THE BALL BACK TO HIM. And all of a sudden there's a lawsuit (probably by her parents. Not sure how many 12-year olds file lawsuits). Now this ball probably is not going to fetch a whole lot of money on the open market, because the only real big money balls are things like Bonds milestone home runs or something that has to do with Mark McGwire. This is a case where the ball means more to the ballplayer than the kid who would probably lose it in the yard a few weeks later. The kid gave it back, Phillies actually treated her very nicely and then her parents though they might profit off a lawsuit.

Disgusting. You people make me sick. Go back to Walmart where you buy stuff, use it and then return it in 30 days.


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