The public recently had the pleasure of witnessing a sports contest on a national stage with the best two teams baseball had to offer. They were both qualified, skilled competitors led by two of the best leaders in their profession – Joe Maddon and Terry Francona.
These two candidates and all of their surrogates (the players) played within the rules of the contest monitored by six impartial umpires. At no time was there anything but great sportsmanship and respect between the two adversaries as all gave their best to win. It was unfortunate that only one could win. They just competed hard – no arguing or name calling or dirty plays – complete respect for each other and for the game.
On TV., it appeared the fans for both teams cheered for their respective teams and sat side by side. In the end, one team won, there were no excuses by anyone, just mutual respect for a series well played!
If only our politicians and our political system could have such a civil contest.
R. Dale Stubbs