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SportsDash: Jose Abreu and my bigotry against long-haired ballplayers

May 6, 2014, 3:30 PM EST

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  1. chip56 - May 6, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Craig – well done.

    I agree that it’s wonderful that the teenager was growing his hair to donate it to cancer patients, but putting that aside, you’re again confusing “respect the rules, respect your coaches” with “respect the game.” Not once in the article does the coach even use the words “respect the game.” He states that it is his rule and that he believes it is part of the uniform.

    Managers are entitled to have rules and players should follow them, whether they believe those rules are arbitrary or not. One manager may say he wants his players at the park at 5:15 for a 7:00 start, another may want his players there at 5:30 for the same game – does getting to the park 15 minutes early make a difference in who is going to win or lose? No. But if you show up late your manager has the right to bench you for a violation of team rules.

    The parent says “that you need to be respectful of the coach” and then goes on to (essentially) say that the rule is silly and the player says he “while he respects his coach’s philosophy, he doesn’t think his hair should be an issue.” To me, these two statements are backwards – if you respect your coach then you need to respect his rules.

    The Yankees have a no beard policy, it’s not enforced arbitrarily, has absolutely no impact on the results of the game, but if you want to play for the Yankees you follow that policy. It has nothing to do with respecting the game, just respecting the rules

    • moogro - May 6, 2014 at 7:06 PM

      Whatever. Would you say girls with long hair have to go jarhead to respect the game and play on the team? Dude, The Father loves you and/or pull your nose out of the drill sargent’s butt and smell the roses. Life is wonderful.

  2. SocraticGadfly - May 6, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    He’s disrepecting the game. Don’t let him do a backflip on the field before the official start of an opening day, or he’ll be in a slideshow.

  3. chinahand11 - May 6, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Great comment, Chip56. I wonder if the “growing hair for cancer” ideal (which is wonderful btw) came before or after the coach asked him to cut it the first time? It doesn’t have to do with disrespect to the game, it is disobedience of the rules. I gave up my hair for cancer once. The first thing I noted when I stepped outside the salon was that my head was effing cold!

  4. sophiethegreatdane - May 6, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    It’s just not a cut and dry situation from what I can tell. If the young man was truly growing out his hair as a donation for charity, I think the coach should embrace his players beliefs with the same level of respect that he demands from his players.

    However, if this was a case where someone was trying to make a mockery of the coach’s rules, then the player should absolutely be benched. But it’s a delicate case, and requires level heads all the way around.

  5. blacksables - May 6, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    Is he donating the beard to charity also? Because if not, he’s just ignoring the rules and growing his hair out. Which is against the rules.

  6. mikhelb - May 6, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    It all boils down to discipline, if the coach has a no-long hair and/or no facial hair, players have to obey the rule, otherwise it means you do not care about authority, and the only people with authority and who decides what is done in a team is the manager, followed by his coaches, which is why Kevin Long criticized Canó when Robinson decided to spend the night partying and would not respect what his coaches ordered him, now it seems that Mariano Rivera also has criticized Canó (Jeter was reprimanded by George Steinbrenner for partying too much, and Jeter decided to obey the petition of George).

    Sometimes people have to make sacrifices, if he is not willing to cut his hair to obey a rule, then you could not trust him to follow other rules in the playing field. But hey! if he doesn’t like the rules, he can play for another team.

    I know what it feels to cut long hair just to follow the rules, I’ve had long hair basically all of my life, but had to cut it when the time to do my obligatory militar service came, same for when I was working in a bioingeniering lab, I had to trim my hair and facial hair to reduce the risk of contamination on my experiments. And yes, once I donated my hair for a cancer charity and it feels great (had my hair down to my waist, took me a good three years to get it that long, but had to cut it and I know my hair grows back very fast in the first 12 months, after that it seems like it takes longer LOL).

  7. jimmyt - May 7, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    First time I ever saw or heard you. Things are much clearer now. That whiney liberal slant that comes through in your writing is borne out in your voice and appearance that absolutely screams “whiney liberal”. Kudos for owning it though.

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