MISC — 15 October 2012

What is the Roberto Clemente Award?

The Roberto Clemente Award is given annually to the Major League Baseball (MLB) player who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team”.

Last week I tweeted that I didn’t feel Ricky Romero should have been nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award. An award that ISN’T solely based on Community Involvement. In fact a player like Roberto Clemente showed great sportsmanship along side his community involvement. Every team has to nominate a player and I believe a guy like Ricky Romero didn’t show high levels of sportsmanship on the field and his performance this year wasn’t spectacular. Based on that, I believe Ricky Romero as a player shouldn’t have been nominated by the Toronto Blue Jays. Everyone is allowed an opinion and not once did anyone ask me “Who I thought the Toronto Blue Jays Organization should have nominated instead of Ricky Romero?” Instead because I felt Ricky wasn’t the right nomination for the award (For those of you who aren’t aware, he didn’t win the award… he was merely nominated) I was accused of not valuing Ricky Romero’s community involvement. This award or nomination for that matter is not solely on the players community involvement.

Personally I believe a player like Brandon Morrow who suffers from type 1 diabetes exemplified the qualities that would be deserving of the Roberto Clemente Award. They could have used the opportunity to educated the fans on the disease Brandon Morrow suffers from. He shows amazing commitment to his teammates, the organization and the fans. You can see it every time he steps on the field with his emotion. Both Ricky Romero and Brandon Morrow are very emotional and passionate players. As a leader, you need to show better control over your emotions. Brandon Morrow would have been my pick to be the Toronto Blue Jays nomination for the Roberto Clemente Award this season.

Let’s take a look at the names of the players who have won the award in the past years and tell me that this season was “the” season to nominate Ricky Romero?

2011 – David Ortiz
2010 – Tim Wakefield
2009 – Derek Jeter
2008 – Albert Pujols
2007 – Craig Biggio
2006 – Carlos Delgado
2005 – John Smoltz

In a move where the organization looked to put some positive publicity around Ricky Romero, he quickly erased it through social media. Any player who wants to call out fans through social media or even in public deserves nothing to do with the Roberto Clemente Award.

I got the pleasure of being being informed via social media that the Dean Blundell show called me some “D*ck headed broad”  who talked about how Ricky Romero wasn’t deserving of the Roberto Clemente Award nomination. Not one of my tweets was that vulgar in any manor. In a week where the internet is filled with stories of a 15-year-old Canadian teenager who committed suicide attributed to cyber-bullying through the social media, it sickens me to see people like Dean Blundell and everyone else who had such terrible things to say about me, after having never had a conversation with me in real life. Shame on those of you for construing my opinion into something it wasn’t and showing your true colours via social media.

I am nearly someone who talks about sports via twitter. I don’t host a live radio show and make a living off of insulting people on a daily basis. I simply have a team I cheer for sometimes I voice that opinion. It doesn’t mean we can’t be friends because you cheer for the Yankees and it doesn’t change the fact that I love the Blue Jays. I am allowed to have favourites and ‘boo’ players when I’m not happy with their performance.

My opinion and tweets were never meant to offend anyone or be taken so seriously. If you were offended or hurt because of my tweet, I apologize. However I am officially calling out both Ricky Romero and Dean Blundell to do some positive in the community with ME. I’m not a Radio Show host or the #1 pitcher from the Toronto Blue Jays. I’m a sports fan and since both of you are such highly public figures in the community of Toronto, I would like to reach out to you guys and go to local schools to talk about Anti Bully and Social Media, educating people on the negative effects it can have. If you both are bigger men then you will accept my challenge and let’s do something positive out of this instead setting bad examples for others.

The ball is in your court, let’s do some good.

Elite Girl Jen

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