If you’ll bear with me a few sentences I’ll try to explain, in my opinion, the goings on here.
When something like this happens you immediately question the sanity of the person involved. You might have said the same about the baseball players of World War II, i.e. Ted Williams…Bob Feller.
There is a word that describes “the box” we all live in. It is a paradigm. Our paradigm is the everyday values we assign certain things. To vary from these is to break the paradigm, move “outside the box”, assign a new set of values.
Organized baseball reinforces the importance of participating in the game by paying outrageous salaries to players.
Players themselves have a ready platform to expound on the selectivity of their sport.
The baseball writers and broadcasters write and speak about the great game of baseball.
The United States Congress holds hearings on the integrity of the sport.
Coaches spend entire lifetimes sacrificing their lives and families for the importance of the game.
The NCAA raves about the student/athlete model.
ESPN, FOX, CBS, MLB etc. sells advertising and broadcasts endless games.
Parents and children dream of a family member playing professional ball.
Owners profit share millions.
The paradigm has been set. But paradigms are closed systems that do not permit “thinking out of the box.” The very thing which gives the paradigm its strength is also its weakness. It should always be remembered that a paradigm is not in its complete or end stage. We should be ready to accept a reorganization of reality when the shift is towards a more perfect system.
Grant Desme’s “decision” is a direct challenge to the baseball paradigm. To be sure, it was no more a decision than switching on the light in a dark room. If you want to see, you hit the lights. I doubt Grant could convince very many people that he was doing the right thing. But then again, neither could a guy named Jesus.