Jewish World Review March 13, 2003 / 9 Adar II, 5763
In sports, 'free' is usually expensive
Whenever you see the word free attached to anything in
sports, like in free agency and free speech, there is always
David Wells will never be a role model, yet he wins games and
as long as he wins games he will be making millions as a
professional athlete. He does what he is paid to do, perform so
all of this hysteria surrounding Wells' book is just that
hysteria. And all the hype will just sell books.,
Wells has been fined $100,000 for saying that baseball players
have human traits. He drinks, players take steroids, players
are womanizers. So much for Wells First Amendment rights,
although he probably has some sort of morality clause in his
contract that he can't defame the Yankees and baseball.
And by the way, Bud Selig wants to chat with Wells about his book.
Baseball never changes. Thirty three years ago, then
commissioner Bowie Kuhn did the same with ex-Yankee Jim Bouton
because he wanted Bouton to take back what he wrote in "Ball
Four," that baseball players are human, not role models.
"Ball Four" became one of the most influential books of the 20th
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JWR contributor Evan Weiner is a radio commentator on "The Business
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