Saturday, July 28, 2007

Sunday Scribblings: Phenomenon

I watch in wonder as otherwise intelligent men and women throughout the area focus their attention on the epitome of bad sportsmanship. They pooh-pooh those few of us willing to stand up and say, “The Emperor has no clothes!” They roll their eyes at us. They call us names. They say we’re out to get the Emperor.

It’s silly, really, that it has come to this. That this man continues to plod forward, and that many shout encouragement. “You can do it, Emperor!” “We’re with you 110%, Emperor!” “Look my way, Emperor!” “Sign my souvenir crown, Emperor!” “Smile at the cameras, Emperor!”

They watch his every move. They read every thing about him that they can get their hands on, unless it’s news of the naysayers. That news? “It’s old news.” “You can’t prove a thing.” “They’re just trying to sell newspapers.” “They’re just trying to sell their silly magazines.”

If they’re willing to cede anything, they’ll say, “He didn’t know.” “It was the jester that gave it to him.” “He just did what the jester told him to do.” Meanwhile, as the Emperor gets closer and closer to the magic number, the jester stews in jail, refusing to name names, refusing to turn on the Emperor. Those of us not caught up in the fury hope the Emperor is paying his jester well.

The ambassadors of the sport, the ones who originally said there would be no hoopla, who said they would not even be there, have finally proven themselves to be as gullible and beguiled by the Emperor’s jewels as the man on the street. “Innocent until proven guilty,” the head pooh-ba says, now, months after repeatedly telling anyone who would listen that he’d be damned if he’d be part of the celebration.

Go on, then, Emperor. Put all your steroid-generated fury into hitting #755. Many will cheer around here. Me and mine? We’re going to toast Hank, the real home run king.

[For the prompt of "phenomenon" from the phenomenal Sunday Scribblings.]



11 comments:

Lucy said...

I have a feeling this has to do with sports? That may be why I am totally not following. Who is the Emperor? Should I be embarrassed that I am lost?
Nicely written though! (thanks for visiting me too) :)

Regina Clare Jane said...

Barry Bonds... I hear you.
Nobody like Hank Aaron!

paisley said...

i am not much of a sports buff... but i agree with the sentiment... rich and famous has its indulgences...doesn't it....

Frances said...

I'm with you on Hank!
Nice take.
Have a fabulous week,
Frances

Bongga Mom said...

You'll get a laugh about this -- until the very end, I thought you were alluding to George Bush! Well done!

Herb Urban said...

Amen! I thought your post was about George as well unto the very end. Very nicely done!

Hurbis will be Bonds' downfall. He should have been content with what he had accomplished naturally -- a first ballot hall of fame career and 600 plus home runs. But his ego would not allow Big Mac and Sammy Sosa to steal his spotlight, so joined the ranks of the cheaters. So foolish.

Hank Aaron is a true national treasure, a great ambassador of the game, and a true gentleman. Barry will never be any of those three.

Scribbit said...

I love baseball and taking the kids to a game in the evening here is one of my favorites. Not quite Hank Aaron's quality but still fun.

Bubba's Sis said...

I got it from the beginning - great post! Boo Barry Bonds. He's a cheater cheater punkin' eater. I will certainly not be celebrating here. We're still celebrating with Biggio, and also sad that he is retiring after this season. Now THAT is a man of true character!

Tammy said...

I wish that ball ended up being worthless because it's a lie. Yay Hank, forever your record.

nonizamboni said...

Me too, me too! I thought it was Bush & Cheney. But Hank Aaron, I so agree! Nice twist.
Great writing. . .thanks for visiting me too.

Jone said...

Amen to that! The whole sports scene needs to be revamped.

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