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How much do they really deserve?

Posted Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at 12:25 PM

Imagine for a moment that you are a professional sports player, getting to play your favorite game for a living. That's pretty sweet, right? What a privilege to have a job where your main objective is to entertain adoring fans. You would think that most athletes would agree, but not so. More and more athletes are demanding better contracts and larger salaries with each new season. Instead of being grateful for the great opportunity that they have, they are greedy and want to make their names famous.

Don't get me wrong. I'm as big of a sports fan as there is. I never miss a St. Louis Cardinals game and the thrill of a college basketball game can't be compared to anything else. But the recent feud between Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals over his proposed contract is disappointing to me. Pujols was offered $200,000,000 by the Cardinals organization for a nine year contract extension. They offered him $200,000,000 just to play baseball. What kind of blue collar or white collar worker wouldn't accept that contract right away for legitimate, honorable work? Yet, Pujols declined the offer because it wasn't enough money or years.....for him to PLAY a game.

I understand that it is a time consuming job, but no more time consuming than almost every other job. As far as the argument that talent is needed for the entertainment aspect of the game, sure I agree. Talent is a factor. But, give me two teams of little leaguers anytime and I'll be entertained. Those little guys are usually playing for the love of the game with no thought of what they're worth. They have no aspect of pride or arrogance like we see in the professional athletes.

When I consider other occupations, I don't generally see the greediness, arrogance, and prideful nature of professional athletes. When I consider the certified nurses aid, who is a glorified butt wiper, I see someone who is worthy of a large salary. When I consider church pastors, I see a job that merits great recognition. We should covet their autographs. When I think about a special education teacher, I think of someone who deserves a standing ovation. When I consider the brave member of our military protecting our homeland and fighting to preserve humanity on foreign soil, I see an honorable occupation. We ought to stand up and cheer when a soldier walks by. What have we become when people who play for a living are adored, idolized, and paid astronomical salaries while the common man doing honorable tasks continues on, not being lifted up with pride. God help us.

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Very well said!

-- Posted by chelco on Thu, Mar 31, 2011, at 8:30 PM

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