Yes. I am asking for your money. No, not for me. I wouldn’t make my greed that obvious. It’s for a really great cause. Allow me to explain.
My 14th birthday is 13 days from now, so yesterday I launched this project, Raise the Bar 14, which is supposed to raise awareness about slave and child labor on cocoa farms. For the two weeks leading up to my birthday, I’m going to be posting information and interactive stuff at the website, http://raisethebar14.wordpress.com/.
The whole time, I’m asking people to donate $14 and I’ll donate all the money at the end to the Not For Sale Campaign. If you donate, I’ll send you a bar of Fair Trade chocolate. And I tasted lots and lots of brands to decide which was the best to send to y’all. See, I have a rough life.
So it’s really simple. Just send me a PayPal payment (email address on the About page of the blog) and I will love you forever and tell everyone that you are a superhero (you can specify what superhero power you want me to describe you with in the comments). That’s a promise.
Not coincidentally, Not For Sale is a cause that Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt is very involved with. I discovered the organization about a year ago through him and have been really impressed by the way they approach the issue. It’s pretty eye-opening.
If you aren’t able to donate, I hope you’ll still read up on the subject and tell your friends about it. Awareness is huge, here.
As is the fact that I am offering you a free bar of chocolate. I’m not really impartial here or anything, but I think that’s pretty irresistible.
Brian Wilson used to be my favorite Giant. Life of Brian is still my favorite show to watch clips of online (Joey makes way too many appearances for me not to like it!). Brian has always been weird, no question. But he used to be endearing and his jokes were off-the-wall but funny.
His jokes last night on George Lopez were not just in poor taste, they were in really, really poor taste. The whole Thailand thing? Nobody laughed. I’m okay with jokes that are a little offensive or controversial, but that was just not at all funny. Joking about prostitution in Thailand is just not at all funny. And the way he did it was very obnoxious.
His teammate, Jeremy Affeldt, as some of you may know, is very involved with the Not for Sale campaign which is an organization of modern-day abolitionists. You can read what they have to say about Thailand here: http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/projects/thailand/.
I’ve tried to give Wilson a break this offseason, as I’m sure being thrust into this spotlight is difficult, but watching George Lopez and Wilson last night I came to the realization that I am just not a fan of him anymore and the way he is conducting himself honestly sickens me. He is, of course, first and foremost a baseball player but his off-field antics have made it hard for me to even remember his on-field performance. He is one of the greatest closers in baseball today, but right now I am having a hard time appreciating that.
I’m very curious how other Giants fans (and all baseball fans, for the matter) feel about Wilson right now and who enjoyed the show last night.
And I would just like to add the hideous fashion faux-pas (grey before his time? Mimicking Tavi here?) made him all the less endearing to me.