No Respect (Media Relations Mutterings)
Kevin Zeni, Media Relations Assistant
When it comes to anything in life you typically earn more respect and job security as you get older and continue to prove your worth. One would think that the sports world would act similarly, but recently that seems to not be the case.
Just over the past couple of days the two franchise, cornerstone, record-holding running backs of my two favorite teams (the Eagles and the Chargers) have been released and must now find a new job with a new team. LaDainian Tomlinson is ranked in the top-10 all-time in every rushing category yet is without a job. Brian Westbrook holds the majority of the Eagles’ rushing records and gets the boot as well. The same has been happening in MLB where such perennial All-Stars like Jermaine Dye, Hank Blalock, Garret Anderson, and John Smoltz are still looking for employment.
The teams claim they are doing it for the sake of cutting payroll and giving their young players a chance, which under the current economic climate would make sense. What doesn’t make sense is how these aging, yet proven and still productive commodities remain unsigned while lesser players are being snatched up at prices similar to what these veterans would be willing to sign for.
I’m all for giving the young guys a chance, myself being one of those young guys getting a chance to jump start my career, but it would be more reassuring knowing that at the tail end of that career that I don’t have to worry about getting the rug pulled out from under me. If Vin Scully and Jerry Rice can stand the test of time after all these years why not these other guys?
Kevin enters his first season as media relations assistant with the
Crawdads and second year in minor league baseball, after spending the
2009 campaign with the Inland Empire 66ers of the California League
(High-A). The Los Angeles, California, native is a 2009 graduate of the University of La Verne.