Congratulations to Colby Lewis, a pitcher for the Texas Rangers, and his wife, Jenny, on the birth of their new baby girl, Elizabeth Grace. Also, good job MLB for allowing the men who play professional base 24 to 72 hours leave in order to not miss these important moments in their families’ lives.
Now, since that’s out of the way, shame on you Richie Whitt for even suggesting that it was WRONG for Lewis to miss a BASEBALL GAME. It is a freaking BASEBALL GAME. Did I mention that it was a BASEBALL GAME?
But the problem isn’t really Whitt for being so upset that a man would think that the birth of his child could be more important than his job. When I was born, my father was serving aboard the USS Robert A Owens. He wasn’t at the hospital where every father should be. I don’t hold this against him – I tease him a little, since mine was the only birth he missed. However; he had a good excuse. He was serving in the United States Navy, protecting this great nation, so that more than 30 years later some jackass journalist reporting on BASEBALL could write something so wholly stupid as the following:
Imagine if Jason Witten missed a game to attend the birth of a child. It’s just, I dunno, weird. Wrong even.
Departures? Totally get it because at a funeral you’re saying goodbye to someone for the last time. But an arrival is merely saying hello to someone you’ll see the rest of your life.
Getting back to this is what’s wrong with America.
The idea that our jobs define our lives and could possibly be more important than our families is what’s wrong with America. For every job out there that makes you miss a child’s soccer game or birth, some CEO should have to pay a lot more than whatever they’re paying their employees.
I know that somethings cannot be helped. Our service men and women are in war zones and not able to come home for recitials and basketball games. We have police officers and firefighters that can’t just take off. But, all of those are life hanging in the balance jobs.
A grown man who is throwing a ball at another grown man who is holding a thick stick isn’t working a job that is so important he couldn’t miss a day to witness the birth of his second child.
Anyone who thinks otherwise is a moron.