Baseball is home to a number of Super Stars who are in fact celebrities. They can be internationally recognized celebrities such as Alex Rodriguez, national celebrities such as Prince Fielder or even local celebrities such as someone like the lesser known Brett Lawrie who throughout Toronto is very popular, but the rest of North America; a nobody.
With this fame comes a responsibility to act as a role model. As a Super Star, you are looked up to by kids who want to be just like you one day. They watch you, they imitate you and the look to you to know what’s ‘cool’. Unfortunately for kids, they are often misguided by these role models because the players themselves can often forget the impact they have on the people who are watching them so closely.
Let’s first look at a Super Star who has being in the news as of late. Everybody knows who Alex Rodriguez is, perhaps better known as A-Rod. He has admitted to taking steroids in the past however denied taking them recently. Since he denied that claim, people have come out admitting that they have in fact injected steroids into A-Rod in the past 5 years essentially claiming that A-Rod is a liar and a cheater. Because of these claims, Major League Baseball has suspended Alex Rodriguez for 1-year as a message to other players that cheating is not tolerated.
What does Alex Rodriguez’s behavior do to a child’s perspective? A child who looks up to A-Rod for all the answers now has to try and understand why his favorite baseball player can’t play anymore because he in fact cheated. Obviously, the MLB made a good decision to suspend A-Rod as it sends a message to children who cheer for A-Rod that cheating has consequences. For some kids though, they now see cheating as being an ‘ok,’ thing to do as their hero did it, so why shouldn’t they?
There are Super Stars who do carry themselves properly, adhere to the rules and provide inspiration for children around the world. One player in particular is sure to be Hall of Famer, Roy Halladay. Halladay spent the majority of his career for the Toronto Blue Jays before becoming a Phillie for the last couple of years of his career in an effort to win a championship. He never did win a championship and this past year, he signed a 1-day contract with the Blue Jays to retire as a Blue Jay.
Roy Halladay dedicated his career to being the best he could be with the skills that he had. Every time he took to this hill, he sawed off so many of the best wooden baseball bats that suppliers would salivate every time he pitched. A true role-model for kids, Halladay will go down as one of the greatest pitchers and people to ever dawn a Blue Jay uniform.