In baseball statistics, an error is the act, in the judgment of the official scorer, of a fielder misplaying a ball in a manner that allows a batter or base runner to advance one or more bases or allows an at bat to continue after the batter should have been put out. [ Wikipedia ]
This past week Major League Baseball held its annual All Star Game complete with the annual Futures Game, and Home Run Derby. While those in attendance at the Home Run Derby were holding signs of someone they were honoring that had died from cancer, Twitter was blowing up with tweets mentioning the late and beloved, former MLB player, Tony Gwynn. I don't know much about Tony Gwynn, or his contributions on and off the field. What I do know, though is that he was loved by so many. I know this because of the infinite number of tweets that came pouring in, coupled with the countless DMs I got asking me what happened.
I follow sports trends on social media, and I consult athletes, musicians and radio show hosts on how to connect and network using Twitter. I don't know all that much about sports, compared to so many of you who truly follow the game. What I do know, though, is you don't need to know anything about sports to know when there is a blatant mistake made that involves respect for a former teammate. Missing this opportunity to pay tribute to the late, great player was an error in judgment and perhaps the biggest blunder I've seen Major League Baseball make. While Bud Selig was being interviewed about his contributions to the game, and what he wished he could have done differently, he was making perhaps his biggest mistake, by not holding up a sign for the former player. In my opinion, this sign should have been larger than life, and displayed on the big screen.
Yesterday, I asked Gregg Doyel [ @GreggDoyelCBS ] a writer I know, who works for CBS, what happened and why did the MLB ignore paying tribute to, Tony Gwynn. He shot me over at tweet with an article that had the explanation, which said something about how the MLB didn't want to single out a single player thereby omitting and possibly offending family, friends and fans of other players who had died. It should be noted that the article Gregg shared, written by another writer for CBS thought this was a relatively lame explanation. I agree. I don't think anyone would have minded if you're having everyone stand up for cancer, that those players in the MLB Hall of Fame who died for cancer are singled out and honored, do you?
This Monday, I will host the @MorningMichelle show and be joined by David Frerker, @SanDiego_Sports, who is an award winning blogger focusing on San Diego Sports. I hope you'll join me, when we pay tribute and talk about the late, great Tony Gwynn.