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February 2006




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Sometimes I wonder why people make the rules they do. As educators, we often wonder why some of the rules are in place, when they seem counter productive. As Joe Girardi gets ready to begin his tenure as the Marlins new skipper, he has instituted a no facial hair policy a la George Steinbrenner’s Yankees. I never really understood what the big deal about having facial hair was. It seems to me that as the Marlins get ready to endure one of their most difficult years in a long time, due to an ungodly amount of youngsters taking the field that they would want to promote as much harmony as possible.

You’ve got to believe that guys like Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera are upset about showcasing their talents for crowds of thousands this season. To make that worse, now they may have griping and complaining in the clubhouse to deal with. To me, the smart thing to do would be to focus on letting the players gain an identity with the fans and be themselves. That’s one of the best ways to market your product.

Think about so many of the players you remember over the year. So many of them have some sort of idiosyncrasy that set them apart from other players. For example, Dontrelle Willis has the high leg kick when he’s on the mound. Hideo Nomo has the tornado windup. Rod Beck had the crazy goatee. Think about Jim Abott. Was he a great pitcher? Not really, but you remember him because he had 1 arm. Curtis Pride, a player that never really made much of a splash in the bigs will always stick out to me because he’s deaf. The point is that sometimes a rule for the sake of having a rule, like in this case, is simply a way of instituting discipline, and I think that’s the wrong way of going about it.

In unrelated news, i’d like to tell you a story that happened to me yesterday and get your opinion. I left school and on the way home realized that I needed to stop for fuel. I stopped and this hole in the wall gas station next to school. The pump took over 10 min to fill my tiny 10 gallon tank. I walk in to pay for the purchase, because they do not have pay at the pump. When he runs my card, he hands me the slip to sign and tells me to put my phone number as well. I asked him why and he said it was policy. I told him I would not put my phone number because there was no reason for it. He then proceeds to tell me that it is the law and refused to give me my copy of the receipt. Needless to say, I walked out without putting my phone number on the slip of paper. As I’m walking to my car, he proceeds to come out after me yelling and writing down my license plate number.

What I want to know is why do all these companies feel that a) they NEED this information & b) that they have any right to expect it. From now on, when a store asks for my information, I am going to simply refuse.