Every Man Has His Price...Carlos Delgado, who was recently traded to the Mets part of the Florida Marlins attempt to move back to the ranks of decent Triple A ball clubs, will no longer be "permitted" to protest the current war in Iraq.
For the past 2 years Delgado has refused to stand for the playing of God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch out of quiet protest because he believed that it came to represent he has said is "the stupidest war ever." Apparently the New York Mets have a team policy against "any form of individual protest" while working.
When asked about Delgado's protest Mets manager Willie Randolph said that he expects his players to "stand at attention and honor the flag" during the song.
Now it seems as if someone who has refused to stand out of deep conviction for 2 seasons would have an ideological problem with the New York Mets policy, but you'd be surprised what being on a good team does to one's convictions.
When asked about having to honor the flag during his welcome press conference Delgado said "I think the most important thing about integrity is to realize what your priorities are. I'm a baseball player, I'm not a political activist."
[pause to allow you to reread this statement]
Delgado continued talking about his integrity by saying "I'm employee No. 21," (referring to his new uniform number,) "I'm here to follow orders."
This of course has inspired all the normal ranting from sports talk show hosts and conlumnists. Some have said that the Mets' policy is "unamerican" and Delgado should be allowed to protest, while others say that it's a no brainer to not allow protests because you're getting paid to do a job, not push your own political agenda.
I think the thing that stands out the most to me about this story isn't about whose "rights" are more important, but rather that a "celebrity" who has made some very public statements about his opposition would so willingly change his tune to play for a contender.
Tell us Carlos, how's it feel to know what integrity REALLY means?