Utah, Do You Hate These Guys?
Christmas Eve 1969, a Major League Baseball veteran pens a letter to the commissioner.
"After 12 years in the major leagues I don't not feel I am a piece of property to be bought and sold irrespective of my wishes. It is my desire to play baseball in 1970. I have received a contract offer from Philadelphia but I believe I have the right to consider offers from other clubs. All the best, Curt Flood."
Boom! What a novel idea!
Free agency was born.
And people said, "how dare these players demand an open free market!"
And "they're playing a child's game, they should be so grateful to just be apart of the MLB! It's going to ruin the game!"
Baseball gets a ton a flack for being behind the times, old fashioned, too traditional, stuck in its ways.
But, you know who's even further behind than baseball? 53 years behind to be precise...the PGA tour!
"Wait a second players shouldn't be able to negotiate on the open market!"
"They shouldn't be able to choose where they want to play!"
"They should be so grateful to be apart of the PGA! The LIV tour It's going to ruin the sanctity of the game!"
No it's not. Get over yourselves, PGA and compete finally! It's what you've asked your players to do for 100 years. Now you can do it.
The Masters is going to be awesome this year because of the LIV vs PGA dynamic. I hope Tony Finau takes home his first major win, but not because he didn't leave for LIV.
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