Friday, July 31, 2009
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. --Bible (Proverbs 14:30)
The sin of envy comes from fans everywhere after the conclusion of the trade deadline. Fans throughout the country scream, "why not me? why did that team make the trade for the ace and not mine." The reasons behind why certain teams make moves and others don't is often irrelevant because as fans we only want to see our teams become more successful and we want to see it now. So when another team improves their squad significantly and yours does not, envy is the natural reaction.
As this is more of a fan based sin it is tough to give a specific trade instance, but living in New York area I see it on a almost a daily basis. A Met fan or a Yankee fan calls up the local talk radio program and yells about how the Mets should have traded for Cliff Lee and that the Phillies out bidding the Mets is absolute BS. It doesn't matter that the Mets didn't have the prospects to trade for Cliff Lee or that trading for Cliff Lee might have fallen under the sin of pride. The fan envies the competition improving.