Bates: The tragedy of Steve Howe

From SABR member Mike Bates at The Hardball Times on March 25, 2019:

We live in a world where every mistake we make can be caught on camera and instantly make us, at least for a moment, famous, or notorious, or a laughingstock. If you stop to think about it, the enormity of what can happen to our reputations because of a careless (and I mean that in both the figurative and literal sense of the word) act or word is overwhelming. It’s easy to be a good person most of the time, but to be a good person all of the time is hard. We all have bad days. And we all now live in a fishbowl.

Of course, it wasn’t always like this. It used to be hard to find people acting like idiots and shame them before they faded back into anonymity. They had to do something truly extraordinary to stand out from the din.

Steve Howe always stood out.

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Originally published: March 29, 2019. Last Updated: March 29, 2019.