Once upon a time, professional athletes were ranked very high on the list of approved role models for children.
Those days are definitely over.
According to a report from Radar Online, last month Anaheim Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick refused a simple request from a child who worshiped the player to sign his baseball card.
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The child's mother, Shelly Meagher, told Radar: "Howie and his family had been living next door all season. We had been respectful and had not bothered them at all until the morning they were packing to move. My son, who is a huge Angels fan, walked down and asked if he would sign his baseball card before he left. Howie refused saying, 'It's not going to happen' and that we were rude for asking."
Meagher went on to say that Kendrick's wife also came outside and was very rude to the boy, saying: "I can't believe you're standing here. This is really rude and it's not going to happen. Go home."
The outraged mother and crying child returned home to tell the boy's father about what had went down. He then drove past Kendrick's house yelling out the car window, "I hope that makes you feel good, making my eight-year-old son cry. You have kids too, I would think you would never want someone to do that to them!"
Kendrick's was reported to have yelled back to the angry father: "You have a nice day," as he turned and walked back inside.
Statements made to Radar Online by other neighbors revealed that Kendrick's was a "very unfriendly neighbor" who never made an effort to befriend anyone in the neighborhood, and choose to "ignore all who made an attempt to be sociable."
Now, I wasn't there when this altercation went down, and I'm fully aware there are two sides to every story. I've heard multiple talk show radio hosts say that the parents are to blame and that basically Kendrick's did nothing wrong.
I beg to differ.
If the events all transpired as reported, and I'm going on the assumption that they did, I say this to Howie Kendrick: GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE JERK!
News Flash: Outside of California, you aren't exactly a household name. I would guess 7 out of 10 avid baseball fans wouldn't have a clue who you are if your name was mentioned to them. You may have made an All-Star team, but that doesn't make you a superstar. At least then you would have an excuse for having an ego the size of Rhode Island. You should actually be flattered that someone would even want autograph. Although, I'm sure you won't have to worry about that any longer.
Hope you take a 95-MPH fastball to the dome next season.
Oh, and you should probably keep your wife on a tighter leash. Obviously she's as "classy" as you are.