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Growing up watching baseball in the 70's & 80's, I think being a fan was a lot easier than it is today. As a kid, I used to follow the Milwaukee Brewers. But even more than that, I was rooting for the guys that were there year in and year out. Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Cecil Cooper, Gorman Thomas, Sal Bando to name just a few. It got to where you could watch those guys, know the lineup, see them at various autograph signings or personal appearances each season. Definitely not the way it is today.

As I mentioned yesterday, the Marlins let Cody Ross go to the Giants. For my kids, this was a huge bummer and sort of hard for them to understand. They've watched him over the last couple years. They've also had a few opportunities to meet him and every time he has been a great example of generosity and kindness. Just the kind of player you want representing your team in the community. So when you try to explain to the kids that the Marlins decided to let him go in an effort to save a few bucks they didn't quite get it. This came just a month after they let another great guy in Jorge Cantu, who had been one of the top players all season long, go for a minor league pitcher.

"It's a business, guys. Nothing personal." Except that to the young fans out there, it is personal. Sad to see a guy like Cody get away. We only wish the best for him and his family on this new chapter in his baseball career. We appreciate what he did for the Marlins, and for the example he set for my boys on how to behave even when you are a big-time baseball player. Thanks, Cody.

 





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