I was flipping through WEEI.com, as I do every morning, disconcerted about the Red Sox players on the disabled list. I’m filled with concern over Red Sox injured players and want to know what to expect with the games ahead at Fenway.
Then I come across an article about, Shaq Thompson, a 2012 Red Sox draft pick, who wants to leave our rookie league in Florida to pursue professional football. In my head I hear that record-scratching-to a-halt-sound in my head. What? Why would a rookie outfielder, who the Red Sox gave money, want to walk away from a baseball career, and become a linebacker? No, you read that right. A guy named Shaq, a baseball player, wants to play football, and he wants to be a linebacker. I wish I had that sense of entitlement. Nah, I don’t think I will go to work today, I would much rather find a lighthouse and write the next great American sports novel.
We have players in the system (and out) that would kill for his rookie spot in Florida. We have guys at all levels of the minors fighting for a chance to get the “big call” to Fenway Park. How ungrateful? What a waste of money? Not only that, who among us wouldn’t want to play our favorite sport for pay? I would love to be on the courts of Wimbledon right now.
Can you imagine putting all this work into becoming a professional athlete and then bailing on it? From what I understand, Thompson had to work pretty hard on his baseball skill set because it was clear he was not going to be the next Deion Sanders. He had to channel his energies into one sport. I suppose there are some of us that would be willing to quit our jobs to see our dream of opening our own business, or moving into an entry level position, but not without some security net.
I get it, but we are talking professional sports. These are tens of thousands of dollar decisions. Sometimes, in the most recent case of Trey Ball, million dollar decisions. It takes those of us that work middle class jobs a year to amass this amount of money (or less).
Well, Shaq, I wish you nothing but the best whey protein shakes and lots of luck.