Before you start reading this blog, be assured of one thing; it has NOTHING to do with politics, immigration issues or Supreme Court decisions. But, is has everything to do with holding athletes accountable for their words and actions.
A little more than a year ago, Adrian Gonzalez drew a line in the sand at the Arizona/Nevada border, or was it the Arizona/California border? What the heck, I don’t know. But, he did go public in proclaiming he would BOYCOTT the 2011 All Star Game, if selected to play in it.
Gonzalez’s reasoning was pointedly specific; he disagreed with Arizona’s new laws pertaining to illegal immigration and law enforcement’s investigative powers.
I thoroughly respect anyone’s opinions on just about anything. And, I certainly believe Adrian Gonzalez is entitled to feel the way he feels about issues close to his heart.
But, when he opens his mouth and uses his stature as a pro athlete to make a stance and ultimate statement on a political issue, it’s done with a calculated purpose. He knew those comments would fuel public reaction and he trusted such words would have an impact on the All Star Game’s destined unveiling in Phoenix.
Like many celebrities, Adrian Gonzalez ignorantly assumed his presence or threatened lack of presence would in some way handicap an industry’s showcase event. He was wrong …..
Be clear about one thing – he wasn’t WRONG for feeling the way he felt – he was WRONG, because he entrusted the image of Adrian Gonzalez to be as big as the game.
And, it’s not.
Somewhere, somehow, Gonzalez came to an evident grip with his own reality and true appeal to the landscape of our pro sports culture. While a distinct few personalities can impact an event, with their absence, he’s not one of them.
No single player is bigger than their game.
Adrian Gonzalez has obviously learned such a lesson and swallowed a little humble pie without much notice paid by the people who foot the bills; the fans. Last night, he appeared at the Homerun Derby and gave those same fans the only real thing demanded, expected and desired of him.
He hit baseballs.
Nothing more, nothing less.