Being a ballplayer for nearly all of my life, I have learned to appreciate and love the game. I jokingly say cutting me up would, "show little bats, helmets, and gloves all going to my heart; a baseball." On gamedays, I was very quiet when my mom used to take me to the games. I had to sing "Take me out to the ball game" everytime we got in the car with my mom but after that, it was mandatory silence. That's why only my mom was allowed to come with me since she knew it. When I got to the ballfield, I had some superstitions. From grabbing some dirt from the field and throwing it on my glove, to not touching the foul ball lines before a game. I had respect for the sport I loved.
Look at the athletes now on TV, and I'm sure you will see some people a little more louder than me. The Chad Ochocinco's, Terrell Owens, Francisco Rodriguez, Jose Valverde, Jose Reyes, Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, etc. Now I am not trying to say that T.O = Ed Reed in any way. I am putting these people together because of their different behaviors in their respective sports whether it's gameday or practice. Many experts and fans love to (from what I see) say player X doesn't respect the sport because of his antics and should play like he cares about it. I always found it weird when someone would say something like that. We all are different as an individual. Yet people want many athletes to just not be too crazy on the field like K-Rod for example. His fistpumps and "crazy antics" make many people want to say he doesn't play the game the right way.
So everyone, I ask YOU: IS there a correct way to play game so that you respect it? Is it being quiet while playing it? You do know Michael Jordan was never a quiet man on the court. Is it not making a scene? Joe Nammath frequently had on a nice fur coat while on the sidelines for the Jets. For me, it's however you want to play it. EVERYONE has their own zone. For me, it was being quiet pregame, and leading my team during the game. For others, it's making all kinds of noise and getting inside the other team's heads. So what do you think?
(SIDE NOTE: I plan on doing more of these debates in the future with different topics, since debates involve a lot more interaction and discussion with other people.)