In the Fairest Circumstance - BOTH Audio and Text
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“His fastball, so they tell me, has been clocked at 105!
His ERA is 1 point 4! The guy can really pitch!
I heard he’s making more than any athlete alive,
doing what…when baseball started…didn’t make you rich.”
“So all he actually does is pitch a ball,” I asked…..“that’s it?”
“That’s correct,” he verified, “and only now and then!
And even if,” he added, “several batters get a hit…
even if he throws like crap…and his team doesn’t win…
“He’ll get paid enough to buy a couple dozen homes -
a fleet of cars - six-figure cars - and live his latter years
Bouncin’ around from beach to beach in planes he actually owns…
and I’m not talkin’ Cessnas, friend…he owns a couple Leers!”
“Well that’s a bunch of bull manure,” I growled, “there ain’t no way
that people “playing’” baseball - whether major league or not -
Are worth the sums of money that the owners have to pay -
unless - they’ll take a dollar bill from every two they’ve got
“And pass it on to those who actually do the world some good!
‘Cause no one “playing” any sport of any kind today
Should make a nickel more than those who manufacture food!
And I don’t care how great you are - what type of sport you “play” -
“Or how much time you’ve spent to hone your skill at what you do -
no one “playing” any sport, and making that much dough,
Comes close, as far as I’m concerned, in worth to someone who
Elects to feed the masses with the stock and crops they grow.
“A pittance - by comparison - is what most farmers earn,
but when the world’s in chaos - when we’re in our darkest hour -
Even starting pitchers will be sobered when they learn
that all their money will not buy - a single bag of flour!
“And though, of course, there are a few who’re actually doing fine,
most work so much harder than the ones who “run the fields.”
The football fields, that is, my friend. A most disturbing sign…
given our so much greater need for what the “farmer” yields.
“There’s just no way that those who throw the passes - dunk the balls -
and swing the bats - for that - deserve the castles and the cars
And being paid much more than whom upon the burden falls :
to keep us fed - and keep us safe……these, to me, are stars.
“Police and fire fighters…doctors - nurses - chemists - teachers…
all are worth a whole lot more than those engaged in sports.
Soldiers - paramedics - and…for healing souls…the preachers,
contribute more to life, by far, than those who - “play” on courts.
“It’s time the world’s priorities are placed beneath a scope
‘Cause paying “players” senseless sums to “play” a game must stop!
And - in the fairest circumstance - (the one for which I hope) -
The richest ones would rightly be…the farmer…and the cop.”
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Copyright © Mark Stellinga | Year Posted 2021
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