Monday, November 23, 2009

Letter to the Editor: Yankee celebration wrong

FLORIDA TODAY (Brevard County, Florida)
November 14, 2009

Dear Editor,

Congratulations to FLORIDA TODAY sports columnist Peter Kerasotis for having the guts to call out Major League Baseball on the glorification of alcohol in his recent column, "Time to put a cork in celebrations."

I, too, am disgusted by it and wrote the commissioner of baseball, Bud Selig, to asked him what more ridiculous image could Major League Baseball have projected than the newly crowned champion New York Yankees wearing swimming goggles to protect their eyes from the sting of the ritualistic champagne and beer shower.

Speaking as someone who emulated hard-drinking grownups early in life, images matter - a lot. Blending the imagery of baseball heroes with reckless drunks is exponentially more harmful to our youth than the sport's steroid junkies routinely hitting 450-foot home runs.

Few kids will ever be exposed to steroids. Yet most youngsters will be goaded by their peers into getting drunk and crazy. They don't need baseball's superstars tempting them, too.

Bud Selig should announce "last call" for baseball beer bashes and close the locker-room bars.

Mark Clancey
Cocoa Beach


Anonymous said...

As if Bud Selig would listen to a peon from Cocoa Beach.

Anonymous said...

tell him to lick my balls

Steven said...