Bodyguards, bad guys, Roman lictors & dickheads: the Roger Clemens factor
When Roger Clemens was in the American League, his reputation as a pitcher was to throw at batter’s heads who challenged his strike-zone area. He strutted and grunted about his machismo. He ruled his mound. But when he had to play in the National League, his mound preening and crowing and trying balls of batter’s head suddenly ceased.
Because he had to bat in the National League.
In the American League he didn’t have to worry about having a fastball thrown at his head. So all he was: a bully, a coward posing as a chest-thumping macho man. He couldn’t avoid stepping in the batter’s box to defend his belief by taking his ups
In politics and business there are a lot of Roger Clemens. They avoid taking their ups. Whether it’s laying off long-time employees, starting wars, voting against the public’s interests to help business because of their campaign donations, cry against socialization to fight government supported health care but don’t mind having the taxpayer paid health care, or demanding top service but never tipping. They strut on their mounds in suits, throw insensitive remarks are peoples heads, use their wallet as a rosin bag to get a better grip to heave a meaner pitch.
But they never have to take their ups.
They avoid their ups by walking around with bodyguards, the secret service, etc. The Romans politicians had lictors who would beat citizens back from confronting members of the Senate and the emperor’s court. When chickenhawk ex-vice president DIck Cheney visited the Clos Pegase in Napa, the secret service checked out the building first, then he paraded himself around.
DO you think any of these people who do the things they did if they had to take their ups?
I bet many of them would think twice about their behavior if they wouldn’t have body guards when they left their pitching mounds of their corporate or elected offices.
They’d have to defend their opinions and that would take courage.