Inukchuk wrote:It bugs me when peopple complain about players half assing it because "they're getting paid all that money". That's very easy to say, but if you had millions of dollars sitting in your bank account, and you know there's more to come because of the sole fact that you can hit a baseball really well, I guarantee you would jog to first on routine flys or obvious groundouts once in a while, especially in the middle of the season during a long road trip.
If you say you'd bust your tail after every ball you hit, then you're lying to yourself. If anything, pro athletes are more likely to go full bore more often than us regular schmucks. Their bodies and minds are much more conditioned to do so.
Why does it bug you when people complain about the players who take plays off? These guys make millions of dollars entirely because of those people - the paying fans have every right
to demand that we get our money's worth and that they work their ass off for their money. If they don't, we have no recourse whatsoever except to complain about it by booing or calling talk radio or writing on message boards or whatever to try to get on their case and force them to change their behavior. Obviously, the other solution is to stop being a fan and paying that money, but that aside our only other option is to complain.
All that said, I think players completely deserve their salary, based on the fact that its business/economics/capitalism and the players are the one's bringing in the money. Obviously, in the grand scheme of things athletes don't "deserve" more money than doctors or teachers or any other profession that does a lot to help the general public, but the only way to fix that is to institute some degree of socialism. Whenever I have this conversation with people who think players should be forced to make less, I simply ask: "If you invented the next Rubik's Cube or other novelty item that was worth millions of dollars, should you not get to keep that money?" That usually puts things in perspective, as its pretty much the same exact thing.
"The government cannot give to anyone anything that it does not first take from someone else"