Fairness in Baseball? Not on my field!

Last night at a varsity baseball game, our team was clobbering the opponent by a score much closer resembling a football game. After an outrageous inning when we scored 13 runs, someone on the bleachers said, “We should give them some of our runs.”

Funny for a moment? Maybe. Maybe not. That remark, though not to be taken seriously, too closely resembled the state of our national thinking these days. Fairness. Let’s spread the wealth around so we all have an equal amount. Let’s give the other team some of our runs so the scoreboard won’t be so lopsided.

Now far be it from me to disagree that a baseball game with a close score is much more exciting to watch than a game with a landslide victory, I couldn’t stop myself from thinking, “Yeah, buddy, you run in that dugout and ask which players are willing to give up their hits so we can make the other team feel better about themselves.” Uh uh, not gonna happen.

Could it be that one team was better than the other? <gasp> Could it be that one team was better prepared? Had practiced more? Had more talent?

Everywhere—in every game, in every arena, in every school, job market, contract bid, contest, we have winners and losers. As long as we’re all playing by the same rule book, that’s the only kind of fair that belongs. Healthy competition is good for us. It makes us work harder and strive to reach the goal. Winners keep doing what makes them winners. If you lose, throw your pity party alone, then get up and start doing what the winners did. It’s the only way to rise above your current situation.

So would the game have been more fun if the score were 9—8 instead of 23—8? Of course it would have. Maybe next time the opponent will come better prepared.