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Ryan Howard is a sensational baseball player for the world champs – the Philadelphia Phillies.  (I am still struggle with the designation, “world champs” when only US teams compete for this title?)  Howard is a product of the Rockwood School District in St. Louis County.  I often pass an old ball park where he played as a teenager.  I am not picking on Howard as he represents the good and bad of professional baseball in particular and sports in general.  Howard wants $18 million but the Phillies organization is offering him only$14 million.  Let me repeat myself: Howard wants $18 million but the Phillies organization is offering him only $14 million.   Sorry, this bears repeating a third time: Howard wants $18 million but the Phillies organization is offering only him $14 million.  Americans are losing their jobs, their homes, their hope, their savings, etc.  because we’re in a recession.  And athletes like Howard continue to ask for such exorbitant salaries.  On one hand, we really can’t blame athletes like Howard because other athletes before him have asked and their requests have been honored.  Yet, isn’t there something wrong with this picture?

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