Monday, July 11, 2005

Be Allowed to Play?

Should Kenny Rogers be allowed to play? He was technically suspended 20 games by the commish, however, a stupid "appeal" means this punishment can be pushed off, paving the way for Rogers to be at the All-Star Game.

Your thoughts on whether or not he should be in Detroit!


Blogger Steve said...

Most people might toss out the argument that Rogers was voted in by the players. What people need to understand is that vote took place prior to Rogers shoving the cameraman down. What if that incident happened prior to voting?

As far as the question is - should he be allowed to play? NO, he shouldn't be. People need to understand the All-Star game isn't about the players, it's about the fans. This is the reason why folks like Pedro skip out on it and go home, or other people don't play as hard as they normally would, it's just a show, nothing more.

What Rogers did was absolutely wrong. Sure there was leading circumstances, but as a player, you need to take responsibility for your own actions and basically punish yourself...saying sorry just doesn't cut it!

12:38 PM  
Blogger RED said...

Without a shadow of doubt I think Kenny Rogers should be allowed to play. I really thought the 20 game suspension was a bit too much. I think he should have to pay his fine and pay up to the camera man with a sum of cash and an apology. Kenny Rogers deserves to go to the All Star game and I hope the hell he gets to play in it as well. As far as the Texas Rangers ball cub, I think that management needs to get looked into. This is the 2nd time in a year a player has got suspended for something that could have been avoided, last time a player through a chair into the stands. What is next? Sounds like management has no control over this team.

1:56 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Interesting points Red, it does appear the management has no control over this team.

Though I will have to disagree with you about his playing status. Does he deserve to be there? Yes, if you were merely looking into his ability as a player. The guy does deserve to be there. However, when you pull a stunt like he did, you disgrace yourself, your team and most importantly, the sport. Because of that disgrace, he shouldn't be allowed to partake in any of the All-Star events.

If this were the World Series or playoff games, I'd say he deserves to play because he helped his team achieve that goal. He didn't help his team achieve the goal of making it to the All-Star game - remember, it's about the fans, not about the players. Rogers will go down as a 2005 All-Star player whether or not he's allowed to play. Not including him in a list of All-Star's is a bit harsh, but he shouldn't be allowed to play.

I was reading an article about David Wells saying Rogers situation is just like sexual assult. Not sure where Wells pulled that out, but he did make an interesting point.

If a player tells a cameraman no, but the cameraman continues to point the camera in your direction, doesn't that invade the players rights? Wells used it in the sexual assult context, meaning if you tell someone no and you don't stop, isn't that rape? Interesting points, but I think the bigger picture is with MLB ByLaws that allow camera crew to basically do as they please. Rogers crossed the line in this instance, it's not like the camera guy was filming him in the shower or at Roger's home...he was in uniform at the stadium prior to game time.

2:55 PM  
Blogger RED said...

Rogers should have controlled himself better yes but I think the opposite as you Steve because if your suspended then you should not be able to help your team even if it is the World Series. The all star game is pointless and like you said it's for the fans and the fans desearve to see the best and Rogers is one of the best this season.

3:38 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

What I meant by bringing up the World Series is if he is suspended, then he shouldn't play, but he shouldn't have the "option" like he does with the All-Star game.

Fan do deserve to see the best, but the best also constitutes seeing players who are professional on and off the field. I would personally like to see Rogers in the All-Star game, but I think that he needs to take responsibility for his classless actions and remove himself from the game.

3:45 PM  
Blogger RED said...

Now Steve if the all star game just has professional athletes who conducted themselves as professionals on and off the field we would be lucky to have 10 players for both sides combined.

3:56 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

you're probably right, but not in a sense of this nature. When you physically assult someone, now matter how weak it may have looked. I realize that people are human, but when you have that jersey on, in the stadium, you represent a lot more than just yourself.

How about some other people's thoughts?

3:59 PM  
Blogger RED said...

I agree with you there. He does have a responsibilty... Another Ritch boy getting away with anything he wants. Looks like it's okay to shove whoever you want to because all your gonna get is a slap on the wrist and a 20 day vacation in the middle of summer.

4:02 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Especially a summer vacation living in Texas of all places

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Robin said...

Hey Guys! Settle down and quit the bashing for pete's sake! Have you ever played any professional sport? No I didn't think so. Well I was a professional cyclist for 14 years and the last thing I wanted was some dope pushing a camera in my face. If you watch the video or the look at the picture posted on your own site you can clearly see that Kenny didn't even try to hurt anyone, he kicked a camera, shoved a camera and it got blown out of proportion and baseball knows it. Why do you think he is playing in the All Star game?

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Robin said...

and look at the picture that is posted the camera man is intentionally pushing the camera in Kenny's face. Totally uncalled for!

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Professional cyclist? huh. You call that a professional sport? That's more like a professinal leisure activity. Sports take skill. Biking takes endurance and that's about it. You might as well have called yourself a professional croquet player. Football is a sport. Baseball is a sport. Hockey is a sport. Biking is something you do on the weekend to TRAIN for a real sport. Here's the funny part--you think cameras are pointed at you? No one knows or cares who you are. Aside from Lance Armstrong, no one in this country can name three other bikers unless they are trying to be "competitive" bikers themselves. It's more pansy of a "sport" than soccer.
Chump ass
--One True Guru--

11:30 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

word guru!!!

12:14 PM  
Anonymous nn said...

Hahahahaha, pwnd.

6:36 PM  

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