Topic: Sports & Entertainment
Six-tenths of a bravo to the baseball fans of America for making a strong statement about the increasing rate of “value warp” in our society. Baseball’s ridiculous plot to turn all the bases in every home park into red and blue “Spiderman II” logos on the day of the movie’s release was foiled when fans erupted in a flood of outraged e-mails decrying baseball’s willingness to sell its tradition and integrity for the almighty dollar. But fans, and the American public, have been accepting a corrosive measure of greed and commercialism in equally egregious forms for quite a while.
A few of many, many, examples:
We could go on, but it’s too depressing. Baseball and its fans have been gradually embracing the message that tradition, honor, gamesmanship and professionalism are all on sale for the right price. Occasionally someone or something Pete Rose, Spiderman will provoke a principled stand, but these are just blips, barely registering a head wind as America barrels toward complete venality.
If anything, even values, is for sale if the offer is rich enough, then there is no protection against corruption. Now America’s most idealistic sport is ready and willing to sell its hallowed image as a billboard for the Web-slinger, Kirsten Dunst and Doctor Octopus. Just because it’s so stupid doesn’t mean it isn’t ominous.