A couple of weeks ago, the Atlanta Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers grabbed national attention when a rookie Brewer didn’t follow an ‘unwritten rule’ in celebrating a homerun and Braves catcher Brian McCann confronted him about it, which caused both benches to empty and almost started a fight. Later on that night, after the game was over, the Brewer rookie apologized for his actions on his Twitter page, and everything settled back down.
But the next day, I read a column written by a sports writer in Milwaukee criticizing the Braves for trying to uphold the ‘unwritten rule.’ He called their actions ‘old school’ and said young players should be allowed to celebrate their accomplishments.
I disagreed with his opinion, and started thinking about the differences between what is considered ‘old school,’ meaning things and ideals from an earlier era, and ‘new school,’ meaning contemporary things.
Old School – When a player hits a homerun, he jogs around the bases at a reasonable speed and doesn’t tease or yell at opposing players.
New School – When a player hits a homerun, he watches the ball go out, then slowly trots around the bases and yells and teases the pitcher and other players, slowing down the pace of the game and causing ill will between the teams.
Old School – If you get a cup of hot coffee from a fast food restaurant and spill it on yourself, it’s your own fault. You take responsibility for your own actions.
New School – If you get a cup of coffee from a fast food restaurant and spill it on yourself, you sue the restaurant for making the coffee too hot. You blame everyone else for your problems.
Old School – Children were taught to respect their parents, teachers, and other adults. Parents and teachers worked together for the children’s benefit.
New School – Children are not taught to respect adults. Their parents are too busy working and have too little time to teach their children anything, then blame the schools and teachers when their children fail classes and grades.
Old School – Children are taught to go to a responsible adult who will help them when they have a problem with other children.
New School – Children are engulfed by violence in movies, on TV, and in video games. When they can’t find a responsible adult willing to help them when they have problems with other children, they resort to bringing guns to school and shooting other children and adults.
Old School – Republicans and Democrats fighting tooth and nail against each other up to a point, but finally coming together for the good of the country.
New School – Republicans and Democrats fighting tooth and nail against each other constantly, neither willing to give an inch or do anything together for the good of the country.
I think I’ll take ‘old school’ over ‘new school’ any day of the week and twice on Sundays.