Jeff Pearlman from Sports Illustrated just wrote a wonderful piece about the New York Mets debacle when several players failed to accompany the rest of the team to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.
Luis Castillo, Oliver Perez, and Carlos Beltran each had their own excuse for why they didn’t show, prompting R.A. Dickey to say, “I have not spoken to anybody that didn’t go, but I do have feelings about it. [Meeting the soldiers is] a big deal, and I take it very personally.”
My favorite excerpt of the article is below:
“Yet when I hear about dolts like Castillo, Perez and Beltran, I am reminded how many jocks seem to lose themselves in a sea of self-importance. It’s about shaking a kid’s hand when he extends it (as opposed to walking away, head down). It’s about saying “Thank you” when a fan shouts, “Good luck!” It’s about playing hard even when the team is 17 games out, because someone out there just plunked down $40 on a ticket.
In this case, it’s about remembering who’s the hero, and who should be honored by the chance to recognize one.
It’s about being decent.”
Read the entire column here.