I thought I’d write about one trait that sticks out as truly important to me as a ballplayer. That trait is “CLASS”. Mariano Rivera, of the Yankees, is one of the biggest class acts in the game of baseball.
My least favorite word I know is”SWAG.” What is swag to me? Swag, an ugly four letter word, is cockiness and loud. It’s that annoying conceited walk and air of aloofness that says, “I’m the best and gonna show everyone.” It’s the “all about me” attitude.
Those players with “CLASS’” display confidence, not cockiness. You can hold your head very high, and let your actions speak for themselves. At least act intelligent….and PRACTICE….PRACTICE! -Allen Iverson (lol). Pick up your teammates, and nothing negative that would taint you or your team, other than critics. Stay out of trouble and act like a true gentleman.
I think sports and this country are losing class.
Sure, “Swag” gets you all the Chicks, sells jerseys to thugs, and may make you an absolute media frenzy. Their are even sites dedicated to ” who has the most swag.” Supposedly it’s “cool” to have swag. I say stop walking like you have a stick up your butt dude. Class, though is different; It is not loud and boisterous and in your face. Class is quiet: it separates the boys from true men. It may not get you as much attention up front, but it is lasting and you’ll earn respect and honor. Respect and honor are my most cherished qualities that I would like to see in people. It defines who you are. Ryan Braun and Mike Trout are the swaggiest men (is that even a word?). Can you say you respect them…. no, they are just great ball players with great stats. But in my world that is not enough. To prove my point, I went to a Brewers game versus the Angels. I wanted to get Mike Trout’s autograph. He did a cocky walk over to us, pretending to greet fans and then sprinted away with a “just joking” attitude. He was mocking the fans and loving getting flaunted over. Mike was not a nice man to us in any way, I saw no class in him. Ryan Braun, well……enough said.
Players like Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones and Prince Fielder = class. They are happy and grateful to their careers, teams and fans. Prince is a giant teddy bear. When I’ve met him he’s treated you like a true person. On the field and in the dugout, he was a leader and a team player.
The classiest man that just retired from baseball is Mariano Rivera. He has all of my respect. He is never dirty and there is nothing to trash about him. As much as I hate the Yankees, he is just one of the best.
The point of this is that class is becoming a lost trait. We need more of it. At the end of the day who do you look up to? An honorable man is timeless. You earn honor, don’t give it away.
Class truly beats swag. It defines who you are.
What are your thoughts on this topic? Who are your favorite “swaggy” players and “classy” ones?
I’ve been thinking about which player is most likely to win the Rookie of the Year for each of the leagues. This year has a very dominant rookie class of ballplayers. In the NL you have many future possible stars. The cream of the crop includes Bryce Harper, Taylor Green, Norichika Aoki, Trevor Bauer, and Julio Teheran and many more. The question is, who is the best…..?
DAVID’S PICK – NL Rookie of the Year: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
I would be pretty surprised to see anyone else win this award. Bryce is ridicoulsly amazing. He looks like the next Ryan Braun, or maybe even better. He has huge hitting power to all fields, but also hits for good average. Bryce is only 19 and he is already making a name for himself. Harper has a huge career in front of him.
The AL also has a talented selection rookies as well. Some possibilities include Yu Darvish, Yoenis Cespedes, Mike Trout, Matt Moore, and many more.
DAVID’S PICK – AL Rookie of the Year: Mike Trout, Angels
Mike Trout is all around a great player. He can field, and is super fast. His power is outrageous. Trout has drawn may comparisons to Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays. Mike and Bryce are pretty similar players in my opinion. They both hit for average, have some serious power, and both play outfield. These players have a bright future and may become superstars one day!