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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
In which our intrepid reporter is asked the question that is on everyone’s mind:
Baseball Analytics: If you could take a pill that helped you perform your job at such a high level that your earnings would increase 5X would you take it (we promise there will be no side effects)?
Jeff Passan: All right, Morpheus ...
I can’t answer without understanding the other variables. Is this pill legal? What are the moral and ethical implications of taking this pill? What will my parents think of me? My wife? My sons? I imagine the readers would like it, since my columns would improve, but at the sort of price where those who don’t read me accuse me of being a phony and my work a sham? For how long will my earnings increase? And how much more work will that entail, drawing me away from the sorts of things I need to maintain a balanced life?
I do know this: A lot of athletes have said yes without considering such questions because the allure of quintupling one’s salary is simply too great. And I get that. I do. The idea of taking care of generations of Passans appeals a great deal. Tempting enough to not even consider the ramifications. And yet I’d hope the magnet of my moral compass is stronger than that of a dollar sign followed by a number and a bunch of zeroes.
Posted: February 12, 2013 at 03:08 PM | 37 comment(s)
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