My reason for deleting this comment was that I thought it was left by a troll who simply wanted to criticize card collectors as basement-dwellers and losers (which, no doubt, some of us are.) His comment included the assertion that I have personally never stepped foot on a baseball field which, while not technically true (I got to walk on the field at the Kingdome a while back), is true in the spirit in which the commenter meant it, in the sense that I'm not really in a good position to judge MLB talent.
Anyway, the comment was originally posted on my 88 Topps entry for Glenn Wilson, then of the Phillies. You might want to go read that first so you can full appreciate the rest of what I'm about to reveal here.
Now, here is the text of the comment that post posted to the page for Wilson's card.:
"You guys are too lame. None of you must have girlfriends, or all ugly wifes. Heres the deal. Andy, you have never stepped foot on a major league field, so how n the he!! would you know who is worthy of a all-star selection or not, and jred, that lame nick name arm could throw you out from the warning track with a 30 foot head start...... yall have fun!! "Instantly, you can probably see why I deleted this comment. It really seemed to be a random troll. If the comment took serious issue with the content and made any type of actual counterargument, I probably would have let it stand despite its nastiness.
I often think back to this comment, remembering the ppoint about me having never stepped onto a major-league field. The commenter was right about that, and it makes me think twice about how I criticize players, since I really have only the numbers or what a player says in interviews to go by. I don't know these guys and I don't know what it's like to play baseball.
This morning, I went back to the email notification for the comment just to re-read it and remind myself of its lesson. Then I noticed the full text of the email:
glenndub1 has left a new comment on your post "#626 Glenn Wilson":It's from a user named "glenndub1" which I suppose is Glenn W, which I further suppose is none other than Glenn Wilson. If you click on his name above, you can see that the account was created just when I posted Wilson's card, so the author probably created the account expressly to comment on the Wilson card.
You guys are too lame. None of you must have girlfriends, or all ugly wifes. Heres the deal. Andy, you have never stepped foot on a major league field, so how n the he!! would you know who is worthy of a all-star selection or not, and jred, that lame nick name arm could throw you out from the warning track with a 30 foot head start...... yall have fun!!
It seems to me fairly likely that the comment came from Mr. Wilson himself. His reaction to my criticism that he was not an all-star caliber player is exactly how I might expect that player to respond, by calling into question my credentials for making such a determination. The rest of his post was a shot at the rest of my community who seemed to agree.
Regardless, I want to tell the author that although I thought much of the content of his comment was overly harsh and irrelevant, I do see his point and have tried to incorporate its message into my approach.