Re: Ortiz throws a fit... destroys dugout phone with bat
posted at 7/29/2013 9:33 PM EDT
In response to ms-obstinate99's comment:
I laughed at the "church lady" comments too.
I also knew we'd be on opposite sides of this .... I know comparing Ortiz outburst to hockey was a stretch, but it fit the arguement of those complaining it sets a bad example for the children. Yes, the broken peices could have brought harm.... but no more so than a hockey stick being slammed on the bench or against the tunnel to the dressing room.
Hockey is inherently a much more physical sport and the fights on the ice are nothing new and mostly expected.
I have one question on the statement above, if it was mostly expected ....would Ortiz's action then be acceptable? Far fetched.... I know.... but you know me.... I have a hard time letting go of any anti-Ortiz comments ;-) I love the guy, I love his passion.
Some athletes are just a hot topic....Ortiz always seems to get this kind of attention.
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Oh how I despise the "bad example for children" melodrama. It is so lazy, so ignorant, so simplistic and Pollyanna-ish. If properly explained, I'm not sure there are any bad examples for children.
If my two children (considered by all to be very kind, polite and well-behaved) knew of Ortiz (they don't) and his history as an athlete, leader, person, etc. then saw him lose his rag and go berserk as he did....it'd be an easy, positive conversation to have with them i.e. "Sometimes good people make mistakes and behave badly....he was totally wrong and even his teammates tried to stop him. Maybe he had a bad day, or wasn't feeling well....but whatever the case, that's totally unacceptable behaviour and there is no excuse for that. I'm really shocked but we all make mistakes, judge him on his whole life, not 10 minutes today."