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Friday, February 26, 2010

Cry Baby

“Are you crying? Are you crying? There's no crying! There’s no crying in baseball!” This famous quote proclaimed by Jimmy Dugan, a washed up ball player portrayed by Tom Hanks in the classic baseball movie ‘A League of Their Own,’ is an example of why crying is not permitted in sports. How things have changed…

Crying in sports has become a norm. Whether it’s after a game or during a press conference, there’s a good chance of tears falling. Crying is expected now after a championship has been won. The joy becomes so overwhelming, that everything is let go. But when is crying acceptable? Is it acceptable? Throughout time, society has developed an image of athletes as colossal giants; indestructible forces; supermen (and women) of reality. Or that it’s weak to cry and if you do, you’re a wimp.

Last week, future Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson was released from the San Diego Chargers after nine spectacular seasons. During his press conference, Tomlinson couldn’t maintain the tough guy shield any longer. Blubbering on the stage, he confessed his love for the game of football and his appreciation of the Chargers organization and his fans. This is a man who rushed for over 12,000 yards and is second all-time in NFL history with 138 touchdowns. This is a football legend that played through torn ligaments and concussions, at times simultaneously.

But crying? Really? Didn’t he know the end was near? In a limited role and slowed by injury, Tomlinson rushed for a career low of 730 yards. In this day of age, the life expectancy of a starting running back is eight years at best. This display of emotion shows how truly meaningful football means to Tomlinson, who became the face of an organization and the city of San Diego.

It’s so hard to let go and accept what you love so dearly, might be over. Tomlinson will recover from this and work harder than ever. He has to if he wants a job in October. No, he probably won’t be breaking 60 yard touchdown runs or rushing for over 1,200 yards in a season, but he won’t go out without a fight and you will see him in an NFL uniform next year. Tomlinson is a class act and we have been lucky to witness his special gift for nine great years.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Welcome!

Welcome to my blog! ‘Oh It’s You Rob’ was inspired by my late grandfather, Bob Demirjian. Once upon time, his license plate read, “OhItsYouBob.” My grandfather was my baseball buddy. He taught me at a very young age how to read a box score to following our favorite team. I miss him dearly and I am so appreciative of everything he did for me and my family. I have to give a shout out to my mom and dad as well. My mom has been and always will be my rock and biggest fan. My dad taught me all I know about playing the game of baseball and becoming the best human being possible. I hope I make them and my grandfather proud.

This blog will be my daily diary of sports. I don't know everything and will never claim to know everything, but through my experiences in sports ranging from interning at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and IMG to working with the Charlotte 49ers Athletic Department to playing competitive baseball, you will enjoy ‘Oh It’s You Rob.’ But most importantly, this is for fun and I hope everyone that follows the blog contributes their thoughts and opinions.

Thank you and enjoy!