I am writing this the day after Mike Scioscia suspended Jose Guillen for the rest of the season for inappropriate behavior that does not benefit his team. Now, I am a huge Angels fan and there is a part of me that may regret that move before the end of the season, but right now I say, “Way to go, Mike!”
We have for so many years had our sports stars get away with any behavior that they chose, everything from rape to murder. Tantrums were considered normal behavior for these high-priced divas. But this manager said that this was not appropriate behavior and that it did not matter if he was one of the best players on the team. What matters is that there is a certain behavior that is expected from a player. Respect is part of those expectations. Even if we do not like what our boss says, we do not throw things. Even if we do not agree with our co-workers, we do not spread lies. We do not put ourselves above the team, because that is not what will make our team successful.
Mike Scioscia has sent a message to not only Jose Guillen, but also athletes, employees, and students everywhere. We do better when we all get along. We do not want you on our team, no matter how good you are, if you are not a team player.
So, Mike, thank you for having enough respect for yourself and your team to not put up with this behavior. May we all learn from this.