On Second Thought, Colby Lewis Still Shouldn't Have Missed That Start

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The vengeance hath been raining down like a motherfucker.
"Earring-wearing Gay wad." "Goddamned Moron." "Ignoramus." "Troll." "Idiot." "Devil's spawn." "A product of cousins breeding with cousins."

And my personal favorite: "Jackass."

In the past 24 hours, this bouquet of compliments has been hurled at me -- all because I want what's best for my favorite baseball team, the Texas Rangers.

Colby Lewis is a good guy. I've interviewed him several times in group settings and he's always been polite, professional and accessible. And last fall he was a great pitcher. As has been erroneously reported in the wake of my Monday blog post about him missing a start to attend the birth of his second child, I have nothing against him personally, nor did I "attack" him.

I merely disagree with him missing a start. Again, here's why:

Because, honestly, I don't care if Lewis is a good dad. If I wanted to root for a team of great role models, I'd renew my season tickets to watch the deacons at my Sunday church. I want -- always have, always will -- the Rangers to win.

And Lewis helps that cause not by being a good parent, but rather a good pitcher.

Got lots of publicity for this opinion. I'll even make an appearance tonight on Inside Edition. From The Sporting News to Huffington Post to CBS, which got my name wrong and called my blog item a "column," plenty of people and pundits are calling me out. As Greg Williams, my radio partner on KRLD-FM 105.3 The Fan says, "It ain't a real popular stance."

One writer concluded that I "was apparently dumped by his step-son's mother" (nope). Another urged people to "take a look at the guy. He's obviously clueless." (Got me on that one.) All in all, more or less everyone -- SB Nation's Rob Neyer is a notable exception -- agrees that I should instead be praising Lewis for his family-first priorities.

Wrote one emailer: "You owe all of America an apology."

It's easy to say "it's only April" when I compare Lewis' decision to that of Memphis Grizzlies forward Shane Battier, who played last Sunday in an NBA playoff game while his wife gave birth. But -- this is cliche, but if you do the math you'll find that it's quite true -- games in April count just as much as games in September. And if the Rangers lose the AL West by one game -- and if it can be reasonably concluded that Lewis missing that start contributed to them missing the playoffs -- I'll be pissed. I just will. The fact that he has bedside photos of the birth with his new daughter will be of zero comfort to the Rangers fan steaming inside me.

If he did miss a start in the last week of the season, plenty of people would still praise him for being a family man -- but plenty others would say he should have pitched. And if he skipped Game 7 of the World Series, the Family Man set would all but disappear, at least among sports fans. Then why is it different in April, when it could be a game that prevents the Rangers from having a chance to get to the World Series?

As a talented baseball player, Lewis gets paid handsomely and then some for his sacrifices. He'll miss Memorial Day picnics and July 4th fireworks and Labor Days at the lake, but his children will be set for life financially. I understand the Lewis family attempted to schedule their pregnancy in the off-season, but nature dictated otherwise. That'll happen. But, still, as a Rangers fan, I happen to think he should be at work when his shift starts.

As for me, I'm a big boy with thick skin. I appreciate the healthy dialogue and I'll absorb the criticism. As a guy who has endured the family pain of a miscarriage and as a long-time youth sports coach who loves kids, I'll be just fine.

I won't, however, apologize for disagreeing with this email:

"What if your team finishes one game short of the playoffs? Was it really worth it? In a word, yes. Good for Mr. Lewis for having his priorities right."

They may be his priorities, and they may be the priorities of seemingly every other human at the moment. But as a Rangers fan, I just can't say they're mine.


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cgray47
cgray47

" The fact that he has bedside photos of the birth with his new daughter will be of zero comfort to the Rangers fan steaming inside me."

And most likely it will be of very little comfort to him. It amazes me that people seem to forget that as a professional athlete, you don't just work, you work hard, to be a part of that. To get to the World Series, or the Super Bowl, or the Olympics, or whatever that ultimate goal is. You work hard just for a chance to be on the team. Not just anybody can walk in off of the street and play a game as starting pitcher for the Rangers. It takes dedication. And the players know that going in. But once their in, IT'S THEIR JOB. Only about 16% of employers in general even offer maternity leave. Am I supposed to believe that at his salary, it's more important for him to be there for the birth of his child, rather than do his job, when most potential mothers don't even get leave to HAVE their children? And what about the military? How many men in the service just get to take a day off to see their children born? Are they any less worthy? 

In short, I completely agree with you. It's awesome for him that he had the choice, but it's not chaotic to expect him to actually show up for the job that's going to provide for his children rather than be there to see them born. Nor would it make him any worse of a parent. He knew what came with the job when he signed up, and that missing some things would be a part of that. And frankly, if he had just played, it wouldn't have even been an issue. Why? Because it's normal. It's expected in that occupation. The decision he made may have been right for him, but there's no sense in you being crucified for having a different opinion.

leatibug
leatibug

WOW!  You live in a world of mixed up priorities.  Quite frankly, if Jason Witten missed a game to be there for the birth of a child; I would be an even bigger fan.  Why?  Because I would know that the man knows how to put his life in order. God first, family second, and work third....and then everything else.  Life is the most precious gift God give us!  I'm guessing that you were a lousy step-father.  Missing monumental moments in life because of mixed up priorities.  There are no promises about the amount of time we get with our loved ones and you can ask any parent who has ever had to say goodbye what they would give for that one moment that you think should have been given up for a game.  Let me tell you a little bit about life....at the end of your days one game in hundreds probably won't even be remembered (we're not talking the world series here).  The birth of "your second born" will be precious 50-years later as it was in the moment it happened.  A real fan would understand that these guys are more than players on field...they are people with families, lives, and principles that differ from player to player. 

New Dad
New Dad

Thank you for addressing your critics and for further explaining your idea, but I still think you are way off base and I don't think you've persuaded anyone to change their mind. You've only succeeded in further demonstrating what a massive ego you have. The explanation that YOU would be pissed if the team missed the playoffs just shows your view that the world revolves around YOU.

But enough about you. When the Rockies won 20 in a row a few years back, nobody said "If only they had won that game in April they wouldn't have had to play the one game playoff against the Padres." They won when they had to. Sure those April wins count, but when September rolls around if your team is truly deserving of the playoffs they'll know where they stand and do what needs to be done.

wihtatcnut
wihtatcnut

i would say a lot of mean things to you, but i feel you'd enjoy it too much. instead i will lose all respect for your (former?) employers. suck a bag of dicks. yours truly, a human

Agfogle
Agfogle

You are a complete idiot and you don't care about your team. You only care about yourself and blurting out your opinions. If the Rangers miss the playoffs by one game, the team has bigger problems than Colby Lewis missing ONE start in APRIL. This is assuming he would have won the game in the first place. I am willing to bet he would not win the game IF he had made the start. I think his head would be in California with his wife and family, as it should be. I wouldn't expect you to understand.....

Casey
Casey

I'm sure a lot of people have no idea about this, but on an episode of Bill Simmons' podcast last summer, his friend JackO actually made the same exact point about Mark Teixeira missing a Yankee game to attend the birth of his third child.

kergo
kergo

Bill Simmons-Boston; greatness!

Dear Mr. RW Whitt, Since you did not reach 200 hits after the scorched earth comments you made, we revoke your Broadcast and Journalism license(s), and furthermore recommend you to the bread line, with Shah and Choppy, Rocco Pendola, BDH and Max Miller. Cease and desist all comments.

Love, Minister of Media/North Texas Region

ps-kergie out!

cactusflinthead
cactusflinthead

177 comments. Why that rivals a Greggo thread back when he was still in limbo. All the family values commenters should have the same bitter bile for any other man that has to work when his child is being born. The world is full of children that were born when the father was working. In some cultures the woman goes off to be by herself or with only a midwife. Men are specifically excluded from any participation. The cultural bias that we have in America that no matter what other event is occurring a man must be present for the birth of his child is not even a long term condition. Our fathers were not expected to be present and our grandfathers certainly were not. Richie is a contrarian for pointing out this old school idea. I understand Colby taking the opportunity afforded to him, but I'd be pissed too if we miss the playoffs by one game and he would be a convenient scapegoat. Can't say I wouldn't hold it against him later. RW took an unpopular stance on a sensitive subject. I support his right to be an a-hole.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

And we have a right to bring up that we think he's being an a-hole. And express that we want better content from both the Observer and the Fan. Just like Colby didn't have to pursue a career as a pitcher and be a public figure, neither does a writer/radio host have to purse that public career either.

If they lose out on the playoffs by a game, there will be a dozen different games, situations, and reasons for it far more relevant than Colby missing a start that Evan Grant debunked Richie's myth about anyway. There will be a blown save, a bullpen meltdown, a strange RW decision, an error, a blunder, a coincidence, or some other more direct reason they were a game out than a pitcher missing a start.

Dominick
Dominick

Richie must not be a parent or a husband. Saying hello versus saying goodbye... did you forget support your wife in a life-threatening situation? ANY father who chooses not to support is wife and share the moment of a child's birth needs his head examined.

There is no bigger baseball fan on earth compared to me but the thought of hiding behind what's in the best interests of the Rangers is so ridiculous that it doesn't merit a commet.

Birth is life. Baseball is a game. I LOVE baseball and I do support the Rangers, but to put a "start" in front of my responsibilities as a husband and father indicates a lack of understanding about life's priorities.

Someone higher up at the newspaper needs to have a talk with Richie.

Dustin Copening
Dustin Copening

So Richie, are you going to be man enough to enter that clubhouse after this stance? I hope you get a very welcome response. Hardly think it's going to help you're third rated program when you can't get access to any players for comments or interviews.

Sports Virgin
Sports Virgin

And it's "spawn of the devil" not "devil's spawn." Please try to be accurate.

Nathanpian
Nathanpian

You are still an idiot. You work with a drug addict on a 3rd rate radio station and your opinion was ignorant enough that even THEY are holding it against you. Though one shouldn't be shocked - 105.3 has replaced hosts more than Paris Hilton has replaced STDs. Soon you will go back to writing blogs and sharing your opinion with a few thousand people who find you to be entertaining. Of course you will only be losing like the 35 people who listen to your radio show so it really shouldn't be that harmful to you.

All of Us!
All of Us!

Please dear Jesus, on the day the Lord started to come back, PLEASE make lightning strike Rob Em's computer so we don't have to endure 40 posts about:

-gay crap-the olive brach-RW and people wives-fucking boring ass "serious" sports posts-mundane drivel and ugly banter

Please God, in the name of evrerything good, just give him leprosy (even for one day), and spare us! PLEASE!!!!! In the name of all things holy and just, and tiny 4 pound baby Jesus in a golden diaper......please, PLEEEEEASE make his mom ban him from the computer.

Happy Earth Day, and remember, pick up more than you throw down.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Speaking of throwdown, anyone else miss the throwdown news desk? And grandma cancer should have won the e-brake.

kergo
kergo

Dear Mr. RW Whitt, I am trying to get us to 200 posts before sunrise, so you can keep your job-well, atleast for this week! I can see you now with your slightly balding pate, sitting with that hat turned backwards, in Superman jammies, dreaming up the content of Whitts End. Here is an idea.....mention Colby Lewis and maternity leave.

Kergie Out?

Kergo
Kergo

Hey, Just a guy, I posted a retort to the post above-enjoy?! And remember, as Provisional Governor of this blog, I don't take crap from some low level minion from the City of Ate blob (he he). Kerg's loves all things Boston/Mass....from the hills of Taunton, to the supple frying of Parm in the North End, from the colonial houses of Stoneham, to the palacial mansions of the Cape; Kerg's loves him some New England! Just too damn cold.

Other nice places to visit in New England:-North Shore-The Berkshires-Gilmanton NH-Alton Bay NH-Burlington VT-Mount Washington-Cape Cod National Seashore-Nauset Light

Oh yeah, and for the record, I also enjoy:-The 1970's Bruins -The Patriots-The Celtics-The NE Revolution-The Paw SoxAND, the track at Loudon NH.

ps-Let my know if you have any questions? Happy Easter Buddy!

BTW, you gotta love people that assume other folks are bandwaggoners-how cute?

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

seriously Kergs, I'm tired of the fakers. Get a damn account.

Candi
Candi

Kerie is awake esrly. Must've bEen another no sex night. Wifey was out gettin plowed by an oak cliff brother, maybe?

kergo
kergo

Oh hey guys it's that turd, good morning buddy! And judging from the post above, I surmise a night of cheap liquor and a cat killing spree? Hey bud, CALL us when you graduate from the third grade-he he.

Remember Buddy-LEGEND! Keep building the Kergo brand for me.......and remember buddy, "you cain't do what I do!"

Tell your cellmate "Cleophis" we said a big "hi!"-speaking of brothers. Happy Easter? Nope. Happy, uhhhmm,lame posting before the prison chow hall opens. Well buddy, atleast you can get that job at Walmart when you get out. Hey, I bet you are better at pushin' carts than you are at posting.

Mindy LaRue
Mindy LaRue

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2011/0...

Mr. Whitt,

I'd like to know why you feel it was acceptable to miss work to get hair plugs, yet you easily criticize a man for missing work to witness the birth of his child (his last child by the way, as the Lewis family only wants two children)?

Yes, Colby Lewis is a baseball player, a man more talented and with a more esteemed career than yours, but you are both human beings, and both men, so shouldn't you have planned your surgery at a more convenient time for your employers?

Nathanpian
Nathanpian

Any douchebag who is still wearing an earring these days, especially at HIS age, loses any and all credibility he may have possessed. That is if he possessed any in the first place. He is just a shock jock who will soon join the long list of unemployed shock jocks collecting unemployment. If you can't cut it on the FAN I am pretty sure you can't cut it anywhere.

kergo
kergo

Get him Mindy, get him! The more people we can get (not regulars from this blog) to drop some logic on him, the better we will all be in the long run. What you all should consider though, is this is just a bit for him. Don't believe me, just reference the story about Mel the Dog, or the original Greggo/Hardline divorce. Truth is, I (the Kerg's) am a better writer than he is, so, he relies on bits. BTW, Dear Dallas Observer, when RW Whitt gets fired, please gives the Kerg's this blog. My name is Danny, and my number is 214-787-1310.

Kergie Out!

ps-Expect a BUNCH of fake Kerg's/Rob M/Scott posts when the Denton State School lets the prisoners use the computer in about two hours. PLEASE inflict like 40 posts on us that have:

-overtly gay inuendo-gross sex banter-jealous Kergo rages.............

........REMEMBER BUDDY, me=LEGEND........you=banal turd, who hits with all the force of a third grader with broken wrists! Cornbread ass? Yup.

BTW, nice post Missy, and sorry about the long post, gotta get my guns ready before the "a/hole" brigade begins. Happy Easter!

L
L

YOU'RE DIVORCED, AND YOU HAVE NO CHILDREN>>> THANK GOD... BECAUSE IF YOU HAD A CHILD THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT CHILD WOULD FEEL WORTHLESS AND NEGLECTED DUE TO YOUR WORK "ETHIC" STANDARDS. HAVE YOU EVER READ ABOUT THE SUCCESS AND FAILURES OF CHILDREN WHOSE FATHERS AREN;T THERE OR ALWAYS PUTTING THEIR WORK FIRST???? OBVIOUSLY NOT! A GAME IS MORE IMPORTANT TO YOU>>> OR DID YOU JUST MAKE THESE STATEMENTS TO GET MORE ATTENTION???....EITHER WAY, IT'S CREEPY. EVERY CHILD IS A BLESSING AND A WONDERFUL ADDITION TO THE FAMILY, FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, AND BEYOND... ATLEAST THIS RANGERS PLAYER UNDERSTANDS THAT-- BECAUSE HE IS THE ONE WITH THE CHILDREN AND NOT YOU, AND I'M GUESSING THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO ALL OF THIS>>> HE MADE THE RIGHT DECISION!!!!!

kergo
kergo

RW is a typical "me" person, the world is a better place BECAUSE he didn't procreate....consider us VERY lucky! He loves him some he; and he, meh, ain't that great. Good points L, and Happy Great Good Friday day today.

antiarmen
antiarmen

Man, what the hell happened? It's amazing how Richie gets his nutts kicked. Richie used to get so much respect on this blog before he started his radio career.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I agree with you. I've said it many times, I miss the old Richie. This new version is a total douchebag. Or maybe he was one before and we just didn't know it.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

Saw you on Channel 5. Couldn't tell at all that you had hair plugs.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Meh. Had the Mavs game on. I'd watch WNBA over seeing Richie douche it up on a vidja screen. They're more masculine anyway.

gofigure2
gofigure2

You are an idiot! Colby will always be a father, he will not always be a pitcher! Yes, it's important to take your job seriously but it's not taking your job serious as a parent that is ruining this country! I just found out you are divorced and have no children, I wonder "why? "Your priorities are all screwed up! Good luck growing old and lonely, wait, you will always have your Rangers. You will grow old alone for being the selfish prick you are.

McDoom
McDoom

Looks like RW's non-story is gonna be on NBC5 news @ 10 tonight.

Ddf
Ddf

The fact that they spent more time on it today and another article was written saying the same thing tells me it's starting to sink in.

David
David

Wow! You are the biggest piece of shit I've ever laid eyes on. My children are the most important thing in the world to me. If I was your boss you would've been fired the next day. I can't believe how completely stupid you are. The birth of your children take priority always. Your just an ass and if there is a petition to have you fired I will definitely be signing. You are a douche!!!!

Howscomp
Howscomp

While I don't share your opinion on Colby missing his start, I cannot condone the name calling that has been thrown at you for the comments. I can offer you a different perspective. If the Rangers miss the playoffs by one game would we really only be able to point to him missing the one start. Isn't that like saying the only reason Boston lost the infamous Buckner series based solely on the fact he blew the one play? The way he looked on the mound Tuesday night leads me to believe that something is not right with him and perhaps the team wanted him gone for a brief stint. Being the father of two girls I can tell you that returning from war, beating cancer or anything else i've done in my life, with the exception of marrying their mother, pales in comparison to their births. Each was different and lifechanging. Being the fan I am I would have liked him out there. But who is to say that he won't grow just a bit more from this experience and be a better pitcher in the end.

FAN FAN Howard in Arlington

Rooster
Rooster

RAGE is doing yet another segment on Colby Lewis. They're saying the same exact things they said in the previous 28 segments they did on this topic.

They really have run out of material....

Nathanpian
Nathanpian

They had material? After about the 60 minutes (spread throughout many weeks) of listening I did to that 3rd class radio show I never would have guessed they had any content! If they did, it certainly isn't original! See the born on this day now dead ripoff.

Jb33
Jb33

I think they took hair off of your CROTCH, so you're a Bonafide D.H.

SoapDoc
SoapDoc

Too bad it can't be said you're one of the good guys, eh Richie. You are an ignorant douche! HOW DARE YOU TRY TO KEEP A MAN FROM THE BIRTH OF HIS CHILD! Whether it's his first or his 20th. It's NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS!

Keep spewing the crap you have been so EVERYONE will see what an idiot you are. Maybe the Observer will see just what kind of person they have working for them and something will get done. You have NO SOUL!

WashHater
WashHater

Richie didn't try to keep anyone from anything. He just pointed out how stupid and selfish of a move it was on Lewis' part to blow off the team and fans who enable Lewis to make more money in a year than most of us will make in our lifetimes just to see a child be shat unto the Earth who certainly will never remember that daddy was there when the child was popped into existence.

People like you make me vomit. I think there is a movie on the Lifetime channel coming on soon you would enjoy, go ahead and be sure not to miss "Everything Bad on Earth that Happens is the fault of Men." You should check it out.

Guest
Guest

You need to seek psychiatric help ASAP!

frystreet
frystreet

Anybody know the Sportatorium comments record? Probably something Greggo/Hardline related.

frystreet
frystreet

the original Colby Lewis post from Monday has ballooned to 204 comments.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Probably the BDH/Vick post.

frystreet
frystreet

Just looked it up, and that one had 131 comments. This story with my post here goes to 132. The few Greggo/Hardline stories I looked up weren't as many comments as I expected. There's probably a bigger commented story that I'm forgetting.

RangerDad
RangerDad

Considering all of the time and effort - off the field - that the Rangers put into helping kids, we should be handing it to Colby; he was where he needed to be when he most needed to be there. You think he'd be pitching well knowing his wife was in labor? GIVE ME A BREAK.

I agree
I agree

I'm a Rangers fan, and I agree. The season is 6 months, you get paid for those six months. Take your paternity leave after your start. Even if it were my husband, I'd say the same thing. Ridiculous.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

men can't have kids together, so neither you nor RW would really understand paternity leave.

I agree
I agree

Actually, I'm a girl. But hey, nice try.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

so it's ok if your husband misses the birth of your child?

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