Generation Gaps

There are many teams I enjoy reading about nightly, one being the Dodgers.  And there seems to be trouble a-brewin in the club house between the veterans and the younger players.   From the outside looking in, it’s easy to form your own opinions.  But, then again, we aren’t in the club house.  Jeff Kent says the younger kids don’t respect the veterans, and don’t  take seriously the way the season is being played out.  The younger guys shoot back with their own opinions.  It’s a mess.  And while no one asked me for my opinion, that’s the beauty of having a blog.  I can have one.

This may sound strange coming from a teenager, but here goes.  However much younger players disagree with the veterans, you have to give the veterans credit for their experience .   These guys paved the way for younger players. Back in the day there weren’t multi-million dollar contracts for the best players in the game.  Today, some of the contracts are mind boggling.

The old saying that youngsters should be seen and not heard has merit. (I can’t believe I am saying this!) We all get irritated when our elders make suggestions because we tend to think we’re never wrong.  But I do believe that the veterans lead by example, and know a little bit more about the world, the game, and business than the younger guys.  Simple signs of respect are responded to in kind.  The war of ugly words gets no one anywhere.  Younger players should soak up all they can, respect and learn from the veterans, as one day they will find themselves in Kents shoes. I recently read David Wells book, Perfect I’m Not.  While it brought on some controversy when it was released, it was an awesome read. You realize just how much this guy went  through to get where he is today, and how truly passionate he is about the game. I found myself agonizing with the guy through the tough times, and shaking my head through the mistakes (and laughing a lot). That’s what it’s all about!  They’ve made the mistakes, and felt the joy of accomplishments, and everyone can learn from that experience. Guys like Kent, Wells and Gonzalez have so much to offer to anyone who is willing to listen.  Some are looking at the end of their careers, and they have one goal in mind – going out World Champions –


  1. Deidre

    Perhaps especially coming from a teenager, your comments are more poignant. Keep up the good work and we’ll be seeing your byline in the country’s best rags within ten years.

    I’ll probably be on book tour down your way next year. Hope I get the chance to meet you and your parents, who, incidentally, seem to be doing a marvelous job with their charge. I’m the mother of only a 5 and 7 y.o… time will tell how well I do…

    Best to you and your passion to write. I think the best sports writers love writing more than they love sports.

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