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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_btn title=”SIGN UP FOR MY NEWSLETTER” style=”flat” shape=”square” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fjohnstrubel.com%2F2022%2F02%2Femail-updates%2F|title:SIGN%20UP%20FOR%20EMAIL%20ALERTS|target:_blank”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Disclaimer: Some of the following content may be offensive to some. It is not my intent to offend, but honestly reflect the feelings and emotions of the majority of Major League Baseball players, media and fans of the game. 

Hate is a strong word. Hatred is an emotion that can — and often does — change your identity. When a person’s emotional state reaches the point of genuine hatred, all bets are off. It is dangerous.

Over the last 24 hours, Major League Baseball news and information sources have used the H word a lot. The word has permanently attached itself to Rob Manfred, commissioner of MLB and employee to its 30 owners.

After 90 days of lockout, including 10 days of failed negotiations, MLB announced Tuesday that the first week of the 2022 regular season has been canceled. The news, and its subsequent press conference which captured Manfred as a giddy teenager, served as the trigger for an onslaught of heated and hateful responses.

Whether you are reading fan posts on social media, player statements or media editorials, the dominating emotion is pure hatred.

The pointed words reminded me of a poem titled “hatred” and written by Gwendolyn Bennett.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]


I shall hate you
Like a dart of singing steel
Shot through still air
At even-tide,
Or solemnly
As pines are sober
When they stand etched
Against the sky.
Hating you shall be a game
Played with cool hands
And slim fingers.
Your heart will yearn
For the lonely splendor
Of the pine tree
While rekindled fires
In my eyes
Shall wound you like swift arrows.
Memory will lay its hands
Upon your breast
And you will understand
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John Strubel

Hi. My name is John Strubel. Thanks for visiting my website. I write primarily about my passion: baseball. In addition, I occasionally publish posts and podcasts related to sports media, journalism and technology impacting the industry. You can also connect with me on social media @johnstrubel.

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