bravo gil meche, bravo

Gil Meche

Gil Meche

Gil Meche has retired from Major League Baseball. This is nothing special; baseball players retire all the time. However, it is the manner in which he did so that is so refreshingly rare, it’s stunning: Meche retired, forfeiting his guaranteed $12 million contract for this coming season. And the reason he gave: he felt he wasn’t earning it:

“When I signed my contract, my main goal was to earn it,” Meche told the paper from his temporary home in Lafayette, La. “Once I started to realize I wasn’t earning my money, I felt bad. I was making a crazy amount of money for not even pitching. Honestly, I didn’t feel like I deserved it. I didn’t want to have those feelings again.”

“This isn’t about being a hero — that’s not even close to what it’s about,” Meche said. “It’s just me getting back to a point in my life where I’m comfortable. Making that amount of money from a team that’s already given me over $40 million for my life and for my kids, it just wasn’t the right thing to do.”

In a world dominated by greed in pro sports, this (regardless of any possible ulterior motive he may have) is commendable. He followed his principles and maintained his integrity over and above any money he might receive. And the fans will love him for it!

Bravo Gil Meche, bravo!

Helen Thomas ‘gets the hell out of’ journalism

Helen Thomas89-year old press icon Helen Thomas has resigned and retired after being a fixture in the White House press room since the Eisenhower presidency.
Her resignation came as several politicians and journalists – both conservative and liberal – began to call for her to be fired. She was rebuked by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, who called her remarks “offensive and reprehensible.” She was dropped by her agency, she had an invitation to speak at a high school graduation rescinded, and the White House Correspondents Association also issued a rare statement, calling her comments “indefensible.”

In a May 27 interview with RabbiLive.com, Thomas stated:

Reporter: Any comments on Israel? We’re asking everybody today….

Thomas: Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.

Reporter: Ooh. Any better comments on Israel?

Thomas: [Chuckle] Remember, these people are occupied. And it’s their land. It’s not German. It’s not Poland.

Reporter: So where should they go? What should they do?

Thomas: They can go home.

Reporter: Where’s their home?

Thomas: Poland. Germany.

Reporter: So, you’re saying Jews should go back to Poland and Germany.

Thomas: And America and everywhere else.

It seems like Helen Thomas has taken her own advice and gotten the hell out of journalism.

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