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MLB takes a bad situation and makes it awful

Major League Baseball is well known for its ability to take a bad situation and make it awful. So, no one would be surprised if the pandemic’s latest rally against the grand, old game stretches beyond the Yankees and Rockies.

Everyone with a stake in the game’s financial health and welfare should understand this. Unfortunately, not enough do.

Kennesaw Mountain Manfred, commissioner, is also the proverbial pebble in the game’s proverbial spikes. To his credit, last season Manfred took the pandemic seriously and put MLB on hold for four months. Since then, with one eye on the owners one eye’s gaze dancing between the Players Association and the public, Manfred has aimed to calm everyone’s nerves and proclaim that it’s OK … really.

Think of Kevin Bacon in Animal House, waving his arms and shouting “All is well” before being stomped flat by a panicked mob.

Until this week, it seemed MLB might get away with discounting the worst and declaring the best. A large majority of the ballplayers have heeded MLB’s call to get the vaccine. Unfortunately, a petulant minority has told Manfred to take his vaccine and shove it.

No one should be surprised.

Players have never been required to protect themselves and others. There truly are players who believe that they are entitled to say “No!” with no chance of facing retributions.

It is a learned behavior that MLB has supported by its refusal to ruffle any player’s feathers.

There are also players who sincerely belief that the sun rises and sets on upon their command.

When the Red Sox-Yankees game scheduled for Thursday night was postponed when several Yankees, including All-Star Aaron Judge, tested positive, Boston’s Kike Hernandez seemed downright giddy. Hernandez had done some whining over the fact that the Red Sox and Yankees only had a three-day All-Star Game recess while all the other teams had four.

When MLB postponed the only game on its Thursday schedule, Hernandez considered it a sort of divine intervention.

As reported by the Boston Globe’s Alex Speier, Hernandez said, “It’s hard to make fun of the situation considering it’s the other team’s health . . . but everything happens for a reason. Everybody else got an extra day. We got our extra day one way or another.”

The man cannot possibly be that dense … can he?

What a silly question.

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