Sunday, March 29, 2009

Letter to Editor

Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA)
March 22, 2009

Dear Editor:

Recently, on the television news, I saw kids trying to catch the eye of Alex Rodriguez while reaching for his autograph on a baseball they held in their hand. It reminded me of Nov. 27, 2007, when former President Bill Clinton campaigned on behalf of Hillary in Peosta, Iowa. That day's Telegraph Herald mentioned that Walt Pregler, of Dubuque, was intending to go to Peosta to see, and possibly shake the hand of, Bill Clinton.

I admire the good that Alex Rodriguez and Bill Clinton have accomplished throughout their respective careers. However, I am deeply saddened by their scandals and their subsequent responses.

Rodriguez said, "I didn't think they were steroids." Clinton said, "That depends on what your definition of 'is' is."

Growing up as a Boy Scout, I learned the Scout Law - "A Scout is: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent."

I still try to do my best to obey the 12 points of the Scout Law.

How would Alex Rodriguez respond if asked whether his actions violated the Scout Law? Would Alex say, "I didn't think I was being unclean or disobedient"?

* Major-League baseball - $3.
* Major-League baseball with A-Rod signature - $3.
* Major-League hot dog - $5.
* Major-League
Yankees baseball Uniform - $160.
* A-Rod's contract - $275 million.
* Integrity - Priceless.

Joe Koch
9128 Pheasant Lane


Bronx Baseball Daily said...

You expect a major leaguer to value integrity over money? You are looking for Rick Helling.

Mike said...

Where is this guy finding baseballs that only cost $3? On another note, because the paper made the odd choice of printing the guy's address, we now know precisely where to find the one guy who still thinks the MasterCard "priceless" ads that bowed over 10 years ago count as a clever pop culture tie-in.

Now granted, I'm stuck in 1998 in my own right (remember when the Yankees were something resembling a cohesive team?), but not only is he all over the "priceless" thing, but he's making Monica Lewinsky references, too. Hopefully he can read this comment from across the "information superhighway" on his WebTV, so he can tell me how to go back in time and stop myself from selling my tickets for May 17 against the Twins...d'oh!

P.S.: even in 1998 baseballs cost more than $3. Seriously...I gotta find this guy's connection.