It would make sense if a player would get some compensation for someone selling his game-worn jersey. John Axford revealed that MLB does not do that. Instead the league takes the jersey and auctions it off without the player getting a single dime.
You can say that the player makes a ton of money so this really isn’t a big loss of money. That is true. But the principal is still faulty. The player should deserve some portion of the money at least. Well, that’s how it should work in other professions. The jersey may be team-issued but what the player does with the jersey is what gives it that extra value.
Well, that’s how it is and I don’t think it will change.
I was working at a summer school program as a volunteer back after my freshman year in college. One of the perks of this volunteer position was that we got a chance to go to the local library every week. This was a great chance for the kids to read but for me to also check out their media section and borrow movies and CDs.
This one afternoon I saw a copy of “Purple Rain” and I grabbed it. I had heard of Prince but wasn’t very familiar with his music at all. I took that CD home, burned it onto my desktop and held on to it. When I listened to it, I was floored by the different sounds and how everything was seemingly magical. I wanted more. The guitar solo on “Computer Blue” remains to me as one of the most powerful things I had ever heard in music. “I Would Die 4 U” was a lyrical masterpiece to this very day still takes me to another state of mind. “Purple Rain” was the perfect album. It remains perfect. It is untouchable — just like Prince.
Rest in peace, Prince.