A blurb in John Fay’s “Reds Insider” column today bothers me. Tremendously
HOLDEN PATTERN: It looks as though Josh Holden, the Reds’ minor-leaguer/Army officer, could join the farm system shortly.
“The Army adopted a new program that allows athletes to play if they have a pro contract,” said Grant Griesser, the Reds’ assistant director of player development. “We hope he’ll join the Reds by the end of May.”
Holden, 24, was signed out of tryout camp last July. He hit .348 in 26 games with the Gulf Coast Reds. If he’s cleared, he’ll go to extended spring training. The Reds then will decide where to send him.
Holden, a West Point graduate, spent 10 days with the Reds during spring training while he was on leave from Fort Sill in Oklahoma.
This guy, after spending 4 years at West Point and received a world class education. He made a commitment to serve his country for 6 years, then decides that rather than keep his word and keep a commitment that he made, he’s going to opt out to play professional baseball.
I blame the military for offering these types of programs which give these individuals the way to get out early, rather than expecting them to keep their word.
But even more, I blame the individuals who do so. These people whose word means nothing, who have no sense of honor, who only seem care about themselves.
I served 4 years for my country. I’m damn proud of every day of it. I believe there is no higher calling or more important duty than to be willing to defend your country and our way of life.
It saddens me to see people that have no sense of honor or duty, that make a commitment, then break it. It makes me even sadder that it doesn’t seem to bother anyone but me.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.