MLB and the Bully
It was in kindergarden, or maybe earlier, when I was first schooled in the ways of fair gameplay. You round up a bunch of kids on the playground, tell everyone the game of the day, and select captains. The captains use some mature method of figuring out who will choose first–rock, paper, scissors, picking a number, or just whoever is more physically intimidating. From there the process is pretty simple–I pick one, you pick one, I pick one, you whine about it, then you pick another one.
Now imagine it happening another way, maybe you’ve even been in a setting where this happened. One of the bullies says, “Hey, Jimmy, Butch, Goliath, and the Hulk are on my team, go get four other people for your team.” Of course those four are by far the best players in the school, but if you want to play you have to go along with it because there’s no way the bully is going to do “I pick one, you pick one.”
And in a nutshell that is Major League Baseball. The Yankees pick whoever they want and everyone else gets to fight over the leftovers. It’s amazing they don’t win the World Series every year.
I know it sounds like I’m blaming the Yankees, and I do cheer against them with passion, but really it’s not their problem. The teacher (MLB) tells them it’s okay to be the bully. It should be up to the leaders of the league to make sure it is fair competition, not the teams.