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First Pitch: The Unfortunate Landscape of Professional Sports

First Pitch: The Unfortunate Landscape of Professional Sports

I grew up a Baltimore Orioles fan, and a Cal Ripken Jr. fan. Because of that, I got to experience something that is extremely rare in sports these days: watching your favorite player play for your favorite team his entire career.

Earlier today, in non-baseball news, LeBron James signed a deal to return to Cleveland. I'm not a basketball fan at all, but it's pretty impossible to avoid the drama that surrounds LeBron James in free agency. A few years ago he left Cleveland -- his hometown and the team that drafted him -- to go to Miami and win a championship. Now that he's won a few titles, James is returning to Cleveland. While there was celebration over this story, I couldn't help but find the whole situation to be cheap and uninspiring.

The better story would have been James sticking...

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