“Thank God you are not God!!”

I wrote a post about former pitcher and current MLB Network personality Mitch Williams getting into trouble after some boorish and bullying behavior while coaching ten-year-old baseball players.

The story, while dealing in controversy, is not itself controversial inasmuch as Williams did not deny the allegations and, as soon as they came out, took a voluntary leave of absence from his TV job. From a media perspective the matter popped up and died in a matter of a couple of days and was all over by Monday, really.

This morning this email string occurred:

Reader to me, Email 1:

Thank God you are  NOT running the MLB network.  Your article, Craig, was such a rush to judgement.  Where YOU there?? Did you see the altercation.  MORE SO !!! thank God GOD is NOT like you.   I’m not saying this is not true but your article shows how impulsive YOU are.  Again Thank God YOU ARE NOT RUNNING THE MLB NETWORK.  Rash, impuslive and irrational article. Says alot about your personality as well! You would not make a good lawyer either.

Reader to me, Email 2:

Not the first time you have written from feelings and emotions.  Plus you have been wrong so MANY times.  Don’t care for your style of writing.  Thank God YOU are NOT running MLB.  And thank God for the many OTHER baseball journalist that do not write from their feelings and emotions thusly have been CORRECT and accurate with their information.  Thank God you are not God!!

Me to Reader:

I seem to have missed where Williams denied any of the claims of that article. Which he would have if, you know, they weren’t true. Instead he decided to take a leave of absence from his job. But hey, if you have better information than that, by all means, feel free to share.

Reader to Me, Email 3:

Sorry Craig.  You responded so nicely.  Craig, obviously something did happen for MLB to make this move to have him on a leave.  I just wonder if all of it is true. Have a nice day. 

High passion that, apparently, doesn’t run particularly deep. 

Craig Calcaterra

Craig is the author of the daily baseball (and other things) newsletter, Cup of Coffee. He writes about other things at Craigcalcaterra.com. He lives in New Albany, Ohio with his wife, two kids, and many cats.

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