With Spring Training starting on Wednesday, there were a lot of retweets of a post talking about some of the ways people react to hearing that a player has been designated for assignment. The post basically says that people are insensitive when they cheer a player getting released because it’s a person who is losing his job, income, and possibly his career.
But is this true? Is this really a concern? Do players even read the comments or care what people say when they are affected?
We can’t be sensitive about everything that happens in the world. I don’t see many people making these comments. If it’s on Twitter anyway, who really cares what they say?
When fans make comments about players signed or released, it’s not a statement about the player as a person. Fans are just cheering for their teams. They want the best for their team. It’s not real life. It’s an escape. It’s why people don’t want politics mixed in with their sports.
Players in a sport are like characters in a movie to fans. We love the game. We love the trades, the signings, the roster building. And with that comes changes to the real lives of the players involved.
Fantasy sports are huge because they let people build their own team. And in that they trade, add and drop players. And yes, it’s not really affecting anyone’s it’s the same thing fans like about their real teams. They just want to build a winner.
The roster changes are part of sports. The people who work to become players do so knowing what they are getting into. And not that it makes things any easier, but they are well compensated for what they do.
So, it’s ok to cheer when your team trades or releases a player. Have fun. Enjoy the entertainment. You aren’t a bad person for doing it regardless of what people tell you.
Royals pitchers and catchers started Spring Training workouts on Wednesday.
Mike Matheny said that LHP Daniel Tillo is recovering well from Tommy John surgery. He also said that Josh Staumont, Asa Lacy, and Carlos Sanabria will be delayed getting to camp.
Matheny said that the team might not need a fifth starter until the 10th or 11th game of the season. He and Dayton Moore have discussed using a six-man rotation in stretches during the season. They are treating Danny Duffy and Jakob Junis as starters to start camp.
Danny Duffy will wear number 30 this season in honor of Yordano Ventura. Duffy got the approval of Ventura’s mom and teammates, both current and past.
The San Diego Padres agreed with SS Fernando Tatis Jr. on a 14-year, $340 million contract.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking into their quarterback situation, and there is a chance that Ben Roethlisberger will be with a different team next season.
MLB started requiring a minimum 10-day quarantine period for anyone who tests positive starting yesterday.
Jim Bowden released his current MLB projections on Wednesday. He has the Royals third in the American League Central behind Chicago and Minnesota and ahead of Cleveland and Detroit.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms does not want people traveling to Atlanta for the NBA All-Star game on March 7 because of the covid.
The University of Florida canceled its spring football game. The football stadium is currently being used to test for covid and give vaccinations.
The NCAA Division I council extended the recruiting dead period through May 31.
Tim Tebow announced his retirement from baseball. Tebow was invited to Spring Training this year, the fourth time the team has invited him, but Tebow decided to call it quits.
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