Originally posted on The Baseball Page  |  Last updated 8/2/12

Chipper Jones will be hanging up the spikes at the end of the year. This could be the end of an era in sports, an era in which players give 100% on every play, every game. This was an era where it was more about love of the game than money or championships.

I am not dumb enough to believe these players did not want to win championships, but they played for more than that. They played for their teammates, they played for their cities. I don't think we will ever see players in any sport spend their entire career with one team.

I began to ponder this and I had to ask myself, who is to blame for this? The owners? They are just running a business. The players? They are not totally to blame either. I came to the realization the blame lies with us, the fans. We live in a time where we are consumed by money and championships.

In this time we live, we don't care what it takes we just want to win, and make the most money. It's a win at all cost mindset that we have. This is a pretty sad thing when you think about the most iconic figures in sports. What is it we remember most about them?

Mickey Mantle, he was a Yankee. Ted Williams, played for the Red Sox. Cal Ripken Jr., Orioles. Dan Marino, Dolphins. Larry Bird, Celtics. Manic Johnson, Lakers. Of course their are exceptions. Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan(but who remembers he even played for the Wizards).

This win at all cost mentality has cost a lot of players that same kind of stature. This is why we drove Lebron out of Cleveland. We told him if you don't have rings you will never be one of the greats. We have told our players make all the money you can. This is why Pujols left St. Louis, where he was loved. These players like Chipper are a dying breed.

When I was a child I watched sports because I loved the game, now I have developed a win at all cost attitude myself. I have watched Chipper play his whole career with the Braves. It is only now that I appreciate his dedication to his city and his teammates. His dedication to the game.  Players today don't seem to posses these same qualities. Unless we change our attitude, players like this would become a thing of the past, just like playing and watching for the love of the game.

Please join us on our Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter @DailyShootout

Be sure to check out other great articles at DailyShootout.com.

By: Barry Garret

Play Our Fantasy Game Today and Try Your Hand at Winning $250 for FREE

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Sam Mitchell reportedly candidate to join Pelicans’ coaching staff

Warriors GM indicates Steve Kerr still isn’t ready to return

Taylor Hall says it was “nice to finally see” the Edmonton Oilers eliminated

Report: Jets to hire female defensive backs coach

Vince Young officially inks contract with CFL team

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jason Witten: Bill Parcells is getting soft in his old age

Braves make up with fan ejected by security for interference

David Price to start for Red Sox Monday against Chicago

David Price to start for Red Sox Monday against Chicago

Magic Johnson indicates Brandon Ingram is Lakers’ only untradeable player

Congress drafted a bill that could legalize online sports betting; how soon might it happen?

Kicking It: East is East, and West is West

Three Up, Three Down: Some surprises way out (NL) West

The 'Let's go to the videotape!' quiz

It’s our civic duty to stop attending Super Bowls in new stadiums

Box Score 5/25: The Cavaliers look to close out the Celtics

The 'Farewell to the Manu, the Myth, the Legend' quiz

Box Score 5/24: Craig Anderson saves the Senators

The 'Walk on home, boy' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Dejounte Murray gets his calls blocked twice

It's reality check time for the Texas Rangers

Box Score 5/23: Preds, Warriors move on to respective Finals

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Kicking It: East is East, and West is West

Three Up, Three Down: Some surprises way out (NL) West

The 'Let's go to the videotape!' quiz

Why the Indianapolis 500 is called 'the greatest spectacle in racing'

The 'Farewell to the Manu, the Myth, the Legend' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Dejounte Murray gets his calls blocked twice

It's reality check time for the Texas Rangers

The 'Walk on home, boy' quiz

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker