Players Should Not Be Accountable To Fans (And Other Crazy Theories From The Cubs Blogosphere)
I know a lot of NQTC readers are loyal Cubs fans and read other Cubs blogs besides mine. One such blog, Another Cubs Blog, has taken it upon themselves to dissect a post of mine and rip me personally for my views on booing professional baseball players. If you haven’t read my post on that yet, here it is. Essentially the main points in that post were that players are somewhat accountable to the fans of the teams they play on and expectations/contracts can play a role in that.
Well ACB took exception to that. Besides calling me “pathetic” for expressing my feelings towards someone when they let me down, they also pointed out that players should not have accountability to the fans. Here is the quote I like best:
So, baseball players are now accountable to the entire city in which they play? Holy crap! Seriously though, Milton Bradley isn’t an elected member of the Cubs. He’s an employee of the Chicago Cubs. Let’s take 2 people. Person A makes $15 an hour. Person B makes $10 an hour. Is it then OK to treat Person A like shit because he makes more money than Person B? I didn’t think so. Money has nothing to do with this and accountability sure as hell has nothing to do with it. At least not accountability to an entire city. You’re a Cubs fan. These guys are not accountable to you in any way, shape or form.
Okay let me put this in perspective for you guys over at ACB. I spend 100s, probably 1000s of dollars on Cubs tickets, concessions, and merchandise each season. Do you think Milton Bradley would be making that $10 million dollars a year if me and people like me weren’t shelling out so much cash on the Cubs? And your example has a lot of holes in it. Who exactly is treating your “Person A” like shit? If I was a client and spent money at Person A’s company and he did a shitty job, yes you can be damn sure I would call him up and express my displeasure.
On another note, the irony in your little post is so thick I can cut it with a knife. The whole point of your piece is that people do not have a right to rudely treat players like shit just because those people don’t think the job the players are doing is satisfactory, right? And yet here you are rudely and personally attacking the views of a fellow Cubs blogger (and loyal reader of your site) just because you think the post he wrote is less than satisfactory in your opinion. I have no problem disagreeing and taking a stand, but come on, this was a little over the top.
Just to clear the air on something, I do not personally boo very often. In fact I didn’t even boo Rex Grossman, which 99% of Chicago seemed to do. I do however, feel that loyal fans and paying customers have a right to express their displeasure with a product that they are paying exorbitant rates for.
Way to rip on someone else’s legitimate opinion and viewpoint that is shared by many intelligent sports fans by attacking them personally, man. That was wicked cool.