Question for liberal sports fans: what’s the point of the World Series?

It was a perfect morning in South Florida for a run, humid but cool, simply enjoyable. I thought about all my fellow runners across the world, who arise and press on in the pursuit of better health. No one rings a bell. No one sounds off over a megaphone to wake up — and if you’ve served in the military, you know what that was like. No one compels them to do it – it’s like Nike says, “Just Do It.” In other words it is about individual initiative and motivation.

So I got to thinking as I was running, here we are about to witness another “Fall Classic,” the World Series, and for the third time since 2010 the San Francisco Giants are there — they won in 2010 and 2012.

Perhaps conventional wisdom would say the Giants are expected to win again. But that’s not why they play the game. No one, no team, is “entitled” to a championship just because they’ve been there before or have won previously.

At the beginning of the 2014 baseball season all 30 teams in Major League Baseball — 15 each in the National and American leagues — started the 162-game season with no wins or losses. They had all been through spring training and prepared in the MLB preseason and every one of the “Boys of Summer” wanted to end up in one of those final two teams in the Fall Classic.

Each of these 30 teams had equal opportunity — and amazingly enough, San Francisco will face off against the Kansas City Royals who no one predicted at the beginning of the season to be there.

As a matter of fact, it has been 29 years since the Royals have been in the World Series — which they won against St. Louis. The Royals players figured, hey let’s “just do it” and pressed on in pursuit of a championship — sure there were setbacks and losses, but their record was 89-73. The Giants’ record was 88-74.

What this shows is that it’s not about the perfect record, but the perseverance of heart and the will to never quit — the pursuit of a championship. Neither team had a perfect 162-0 record. Heck, they were both barely at a winning percentage above .500 — 81 wins. They didn’t have the best record, but they had the desire to keep playing hard and win — no one complained about having a fair share or being a victim — just the thrill of competing drove them to success.

Just like the single runner who wakes up to put in that morning run, the individual players on the team set their sights upon a higher goal and pressed on towards that upward call and bonding together — e pluribus unim — the Giants and the Royals are the one-percenters of Major League Baseball. And guess what? We cheer them on! Liberals do seem to understand on the ball field at least. We celebrate achievement and understand everyone has the equal opportunity for success, just not the guarantee.

And so it is with college football where at the beginning of this 2014 season, no one predicted Mississippi State to be a top of the college football rankings, undefeated, yet that’s where they are. The Bulldogs and their in-state rivals, the Ole Miss Rebels, are number one and number 3 in the college football world. They’re also pressing on in pursuit of a championship, and if things go as is, they’ll meet each other in their rivalry game at the end of the season at “The Egg Bowl” — only one will win. The college football championship will be determined when the best four teams square off in January 2015, and then the final two — the one-percenters who pressed on — and we will cheer them on.

We love the pursuit of a championship. That’s why we go to the games, paint our faces, dress up in funny colors, wear costumes, and scream until we are hoarse — we love the pursuit of a championship.

However, why is it that we all don’t love the “pursuit of happiness” as enshrined as one of our unalienable rights from our Creator in the Declaration of Independence — the fundamental document, which established our Constitutional Republic? Why is it that we don’t cheer and just go nuts over our individual right to have the equality of opportunity to press on in the pursuit of our own championship?

Just like the runner who gets up every morning, taking personal responsibility for his or her health — why don’t we take personal responsibility for our happiness? Instead, some prefer having someone stand over them, giving them the false promise of a “guarantee of happiness” — promising that everyone will get a championship and a trophy. There are those who promise to give us that happiness, that championship, all the while stripping away the individual indomitable spirit to just do it.

The Commissioner of Major League Baseball doesn’t guarantee a championship to every team in the league. Nope, he sets the rules and policies where every team, every player, can fairly compete in the pursuit of a championship.

So how is it that when it comes to our country, we act completely opposite to who we are fundamentally — a nation of competitors? I find it quite ironic that these big “liberal” universities such as Texas and Michigan get upset when their football team isn’t winning. Or that two of the biggest bastions of progressive socialism — San Francisco and Seattle — have some of the MOST rabid sports fans and pride themselves on having won championships.

Yet, these are the same folks who tell others not to press on in pursuit of a championship — just sit back and allow them to present them a trophy, i.e. a government handout as they expand the welfare nanny-state. Fascinating, as Spock would say.

Never forget that in America, every individual has the unalienable right from the Creator — not man — of the pursuit of happiness. That elevates the individual as opposed to the collective vision of a guarantee of happiness. And so in two weeks Americans get to decide if they want to pursue a championship or just be given a guaranteed a cheap facsimile of a trophy.

I choose to press on in pursuit of a championship, my own happiness, my personal unalienable right bequeathed to me by God — not man. And so I leave you with this verse, one of my favorite, Philippians 3:13-14 and this inspirational video from Building 429.

Press on!

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Donalbain
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So

TruthShallPrevail
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This is a brilliant post. I just hope any liberals who read it, “get it”.

Dawn Smith
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They won’t

usaok59
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Wow. Very profound! Thank you for the brain food.

Fundy1
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Excellent article. The liberal will scoff at the comparison but following the pro then to college then to HS and then lower we slowly see liberal indoctrination even in sports where in grade school everyone must now win and all receive a trophy. Coming to a High School near you as it works it way through middle school.

David Chappell
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I think they are all rigged to draw a crowd and controlled by the commission. I think this of all sports. Ya most will disagree but that what I think.

pepjrp
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Too bad you think that. If you were from KC, you would know how false that thought is.

Tim Kehres
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I am anything but a liberal but am not impressed this year with the WS. I think the expansion of the system to get more games played (and revenue) by bringing in second place (or potentially third) teams dilutes the importance of the championship. Baseball is played over a very hard 162 game season. Those teams that win their divisions and come out with the best records are the true champions in my opinion. The rest in these watered down playoffs mean next to nothing.

pepjrp
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Too bad you don’t like it, but as a Royal fan, I am ecstatic.

Tim Kehres
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Actually I have enjoyed watching KC and what they have been able to accomplish. I just don’t think that the expanded playoffs are good for the game.

Ken Brooks
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Oooh… you CAN’T have LOSERS… NO,NO… SOMON’S feelings will get hurt… the TRUTH is there are ALWAYS… A WINNER… AND a loser… THAT is NATURAL… THE ONLY DIFFERENCE between the two is the AMOUNT OF SKILL AND EFFORT… AND the BALANCE of the TWO. AT ANY TIME a less skilled MAY be victorious, with the expenditure of a little more EFFORT (HEART),
… THIS IS … COMPETITION… NATURAL!!!

Ebama Obola
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O that’s why we traded Percy Harvin!

CheetoBuster
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Everyone is a loser under democrat leadership….they believe everyone must be miserable together.

Ebama Obola
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I’m still not closing the Borders!

Kirstin 'Honsey' McLendon
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Kirstin 'Honsey' McLendon

Thank you Col. West – I have recently become a runner myself – after a lifetime of being sedentary (with the exception of being an equestrian) I have taken on running. I do it for myself- not because I’m looking to win anything. What I’ve won is a better figure and a healthier self.

And to answer your question about liberals and sports, well, those are the same people that insist that “everyone gets a trophy” at children’s sporting events. Winners hurt other people’s feelings, and they certainly can’t allow that. After all, it would improve character too much.

Wendy Slafka
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This is why you see them awarding trophies to EVERYONE now in children’s sports and in school… there are no winners and losers. And then when these ones grow up and become adults, they will not understand that the world is full of personal achievement and reward!!!!! These are the ones who will think the world owes them something. Wake up and teach your children to dream and achieve something —to work hard! And thank you for the song today Col. WEst, I needed it to achieve our dream of helping vets with PTSD through horse therapy.
AZsheeplady
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The Little League World Series does include the world. MLB World Series is a joke!

pepjrp
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Wrong as the MLB has the best players in the world playing. There is no team any where in the world who could defeat the teams in the WS. They don’t play some team out of Japan for example, but all coaches and scouts know that no team there could beat a US team. The best Japanese players are in the Major Leagues.

I_knew_it
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What we need is 2 leagues. One Leftist where everyone wins and the other.
That way everyone could be satisfied.

RedStateJoe
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Strawman argument wrapped in narcissistic, poor writing.

West can’t defeat the liberals using what they really think, so he resorts to making stuff up – how pathetic is that?

gjsmith_62
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You know what’s pathetic? A loser liberal claiming to be a republican. Did you miss the part regarding “pursuit of happiness”?

Oh, right, you didn’t even read the article.

Troll

Eric Lealos
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Thank you for standing up and speaking out. Your courage gives me courage. My favorite is Phillippians 4:13 : I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Barbara Finstad
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“It doesn’t matter where I’m going, if I’m going with YOU !” THANK you Jesus…..and thank you, Allen West, for being the Godly example that we desperately NEED in our politically dominating world! God bless your efforts to realign this country with truth and discipline!

azygos
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I don’t follow college football but as I understand it almost all teams make some kind of “bowl” playoff? And the teams that are considered the top two are not there because of what they achieved but because a bunch of fat, lazy, hypertensive, old sports writers choose who they think is the best. I’m having trouble seeing how that relates to personal achievement?

pepjrp
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Not so much writers matter now, because they have implemented a playoff and will probably add more teams to the playoff system to be more fair and true. With 100’s of college football teams, that is the problem. But only college football does this come up. Rest assured for Mississippi State to be ranked number one, that is some accomplishment!

David F. Podesta
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That’s why “income equality” is baloney. Equality of opportunity is the promise of America TO THOSE WHO PUT IN THE EFFORT. Every person has the inalienable right to life, liberty and the PURSUIT of happiness. Not “happiness”, just the pursuit of happiness. There is a difference. In real life, nobody owes anyone anything. If you want to be successful, you have to work at it; it’s not handed to anyone on a plate. The problem is, that some people want the rewards of hard work without the hard work.

Mohammed's pink swastika
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Mohammed's pink swastika

Who cares, baseball sucks almost as much as Nascar.

Earl Lee
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Now this LOON has inserted politics into BASEBALL!! How u people follow this conman is BEYOND ME!!

Andy Martin
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[[ How u people follow this conman is BEYOND ME!! ]]

Says the tard with over 3,000 comments here. You DO realize that post counts help West make money here. Don’t you? SUCKER! Why do you think all those ads are on this site? The more people who show up, the more money made.

Daniel P. Rians
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As a fellow Cards fan, Earl, he actually makes a lot of sense if you actually read and understand the article.

Earl Lee
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GO RAMS!!

Earl Lee
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Nah…can’t read anything this conman post. He only post so you’ll donate to the fraudulent GUARDIAN FUND!

Andy Martin
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[[ .can’t read anything this conman post.]]

Yet you have 3019 comments here. Keep making West mo’ money fool! LOL!

Earl Lee
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Wouldn’t it take me to click on a ad for him to make money,?, boy…some of u are STUPID

Andy Martin
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No! Why do you think they advertise here? Traffic you baboon!

Mohammed's pink swastika
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Mohammed's pink swastika

I’m starting to think Col. West pays you to advertise for him.

Earl Lee
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Nah…I know mr west is trying to figure out a way to BAN me from here….but he CAN’T!!! Mr west just like most of these right wing LOONS do not want the FACTS to come out about them!

Andy Martin
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He doesn’t want people banned. Mo’ posters=mo’ money. What do you think drives those ads here?

Jamison
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I think he hit on a great point that even he is not seeing… As a society we have come to worship our athletes so much, to follow our favorites and their achievements so closely like they were our own victories, that we are living vanilla lives. We don’t care about bettering ourselves or becoming something great, because we are living vicariously though them. And so we have become a society of under-achievers… Which is why I my family no longer has a television, and why we don’t spend our hard earned money to watch these over-paid thugs run around… Read more »
Will Snyder
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You’re right except that they aren’t all thugs. But good on you for doing something different I guess.

gjsmith_62
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If liberals understood any of the concepts of the founding fathers, they’d not be “liberals”.

BTW, the pursuit of happiness is just that, the ability to provide for yourself and your family as you see fit, not beg the gov’t to steal from one to give you and your lazy ass.

Will Snyder
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…This is one of the uninspired questions ever posed. If you contend that liberals do not value competition, then why is it they campaign and win roughly half of the elections in this country, hrm? Going a little further, accusing Seattle and San Francisco of being liberally aligned yet rabid competitive sports fans only harms your argument considering the fact that they are champions and don’t share the spoils of their victory. Again, conservatives draw parallels to things that are entirely irrelevant to their argument. It’s a sign of a lack of logical acumen. Liberals value competition. Fair competition. The… Read more »
Andy Martin
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[[ If you contend that liberals do not value competition then why is it they campaign and win roughly half of the elections in this country, hrm?]] Now here’s a lay-up if I ever saw one. Affirmative action? Redistribution of wealth? Minority set-asides for govt projects? And what do political races have to do with this? Libs do not set the rules for elections. But when elected, they set the rules for others. Pay attention. Your sports fans analogy is laughable. Just because SF and Seattle want THEIR team to kick the crap out of everyone does not mean they… Read more »
walterc
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Then why is it the liberals that keep giving all the kids in little league soccer, baseball, football etc a trophy for participating?

That was Col West’s point. Why not just give everyone in MLB a participation trophy on Oct 1st?

Will Snyder
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I don’t know why people do that. I guess it’s probably for the same reason Marine and Army boot camp is growing increasingly weak: Mothers of America. In this case its probably Parent-Teacher Associations reading “Raising a Child for Dummies”. Soft people have too much of a say in the happenings of competition.

Winter warrior
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St. Louis. The two teams opposed to guns.

mzungu
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Critical, introspective, thinking has died.

connie flick
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Col. West is a wise man. Why is it you people in Florida didn’t re-elect one of this country’s wisest, strongest men in our country. No one would be laughing at us and endangering this country in any way if Col. West was the first black president instead of that socialist Obama.

Rafael X
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There are 750 players on those 30 MLB teams making an average salary of 3.39 million a year. The very liberal concepts of Unions made millionaires out of those ”boys of summer”. There have been 8 work stoppages in baseball since 1972, 5 players strikes and 3 owners lockouts. Liberal like competition as much as conservatives, we only like it to be fair.

umgoblue80
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Go look at the payroll of some teams and tell me how it’s fair.

Rafael X
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That’s because the most MLBPA always blocked the institution of a salary cap.

umgoblue80
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I understand that, but if a you think a $75 million payroll team is going to consistently hang with a $250 million payroll team your kidding yourself.

Rafael X
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When I talk about fairness I’m not talking about the play on the field. I’m talking about the business part of it. Who gets the revenue.

Dex
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I agree, like the old Chris Rock joke about the difference between being rich and being wealthy….Shaq is rich. The guy who signs his paychecks is wealthy.

joemf
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unless of course we’re talking about liberal tv and movie stars….then..of course they can make as much as they want and you won’t hear one little liberal comment coming out,huh?

Rafael X
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Liberal and conservative TV and movie stars make their money exploiting their talents. Liberals don’t have problem with people exploiting their talents, we have a problem with those making their money exploiting other people.

Andy Martin
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Unions had nothing to do with them becoming millionaires. The MLBPA has been around since 1953. Free agency made them millionaires starting after the 1969 Curt Flood case. For you to stupidly hallucinate that the players union, who kept them poor until Curt Flood broke the reserve clause, shows how libtards are so steeped in union allegiance. And the union is a joke. How do you have a union of millionaires who negotiate their own contract? You lefties would be crying like babies if CEO’s ever had a union. Ball players make CEO money. Think Ruffy instead of blurting out… Read more »
Will Snyder
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The employee union sets the floor. The board of owners or directors sets the ceiling. It can’t be any other way, but since you’re a conservative, you see no value of the liberal side of the equation which means you can only ever get it half right. Besides, if the “free market” allows for the creation of unions, isn’t its establishment and tactical use justified? Why get mad at the people for having the freedom to organize and bargain? It goes both ways. And the real reason the players needed to organize is the same reason why businesses threatened to… Read more »
Andy Martin
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WTF are you talking about? Curt Flood was able to get FA because on CONSERVATIVE SCOTUS JUDGES you clown! Did you read what I posted dumbazz? Keep slobbering on that lib-stick you moron. I give you the facts and you keep pulling leftard pipe.

Will Snyder
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You didn’t answer a single one of my questions. But I’ll respond to yours. Even IF what you say is true, even IF being a free agent is what gets you millions, how and where does this ascent stop? If its talent that gets you to the top, and full competition has no limits, who’s to say you can’t reduce an entire sport to two teams who are almost always bound to win in the first place? And besides, this was never the topic of discussion. The question posed by your steadfast and ignorant leader was “what’s the poont of… Read more »
Andy Martin
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You didn’t pose a question leftard. You made a ambling statement that totally ignored the truth. You sputtered and spit libocrat ideology like an addled Stepford Wife. And screw what West said. Pay attention to what WE are discussing. Raffy ran his infected gums claiming the union got BB players their millions and I have proven otherwise. Five CONSERVATIVE SCOTUS judges got them their millions. Three lib-scum voted the other way. Now read that azzho’.

Will Snyder
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So essentially what you’re saying is that five judges of the federal government determined to set law that allows for people to become rich? Fair enough. The fact that you label them Conservative is of no consequence. They would have been the most fervent of liberals today. You’re problem is that you’re too rigid. You don’t see that the world is dynamic and freedom needs to impose reasonable limits on itself, otherwise if I saw you in the street and recognized you as a threat, I’d be within my right of absolute freedom to dog walk you across America. Yea.… Read more »
Andy Martin
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Conservatives got Flood and all athletes the money they deserve via negotiations. Your lib-scum pals tried to screw him. Lib pols are no different than lib judges. Stay stupid left-nut.

My talk is just as tough in person kid. Sit down and shut up.

Andy Martin
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Wrong again sucker. I said five CONSERVATIVE judges. The three LIEBERAL judges screwed Curt. Just like the LIEBERAL MLBPA. So essentially you’re a moron who can’t read. The fact that you suck LIEberal joint and now wishes to discount the judge’s politics speaks volumes as to what kind of punk azz cowards you libs are. Your problem is that I’ve slapped the stupid off your face and you’re rambling. You can suck my keyboard warrior punk. I will talk JUST this way to your chubby little face and you’ll take it. I’ve put up my address before.Look though my many… Read more »
Will Snyder
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And I just want to reserve the next spot for your next comment, since your obviously desperate for the last word. Lmao! You can have it, sister!

Andy Martin
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Another libtard minces off into the sunset.

Will Snyder
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You’re a moron bro. Seriously. Consercative or liberal, they’re still federal judges. They work for the federal courts, not state courts. This is my point exactly, the very first thing I brought up on this feed: conservatives can not keep logical train of thought. Its impossible for you. I’m not even mad about it. I understand you have mental illness. But look at you. Look at how emotional you are! It’s the same as arguing with my sister back in her teenage years. You whine … a lot. You’re a whiner. Save your address for someone who cares, like zombie… Read more »
Andy Martin
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I don’t care where they work. YOU came in here screaming about LIEberal ‘values’. And I have shot them down. My train of thought has remained consistent throughout this exchange. Some libtard blurted out some lefty bilge about unions paving the way for FA and I dismantled it. Get over it. You stupidly think I’m mad about this. I always talk to IGNANT lib-scum this way. Why would you ASSume I am angry? Libtards act like impudent and insolent children and I treat them accordingly. I’ve known this about your crew for 50 years. No anger here kid. Just giving… Read more »
Rafael X
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Ball players make their money exploiting their talents, some CEO’s only talent is one to exploit people. Baseball players have the second highest average salary in pro-sports. If all the players needed to become rich was free-agency why the 8 work stoppages.

Andy Martin
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Your dodge to my post is noted. Unions had nothing to do with free agency and three liberal justices voted against Curt Flood. It was conservatives judges who made all athletes able to negotiate what they earn today. Not LIEberals as you said.

Why the ‘work’ [what a joke] stoppages in BB? Ask the spoiled pricks. Like I said. If CEO’s unionized and went on strike you leftards would pee yourselves. BB players and CEO’s are from the same club.

Dex
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Maybe if they started the season with 80 wins already, THEN they would be the one-percent of baseball. Otherwise, there’s not much of an analogy.

info warrior
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I am not a sports fan (blissfully ignorant) but speaking as a liberal I assume that the point of the World Series is to pit two teams against each other. The best team wins.
IMO it’s all about tribalism and the competitive instinct.

killer62
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Most of you have sadly missed the meaning of Lt. Col. West’s article.

Rafael X
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America is a bunch of 12 year olds playing the little leagues.

DaveTheSuave
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With an eleven year old at the helm.

JOFTAA
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I agree with killer62.