- 06/05/2012, 01:20AM ET
Mrlns Fn said 06/05, 02:48 AM
From a Yahoo!Sports article I read earlier comes a story of a crazy Mets fan who says he couldn't help but run onto the field after the final out of Santana's no-hitter on Friday.
Rafael Diaz, the guy in the Mets jersey jumping onto the player-pile, has not only been banned -for life- from Citi Field but also had to serve a weekend in jail.
Now a weekend in jail might seem like a fair price for the chance to jump into the dog-pile to some people but the real kicker of the situation is that the particular weekend he spent in jail just so happened to be the same weekend as his son's first birthday.
There's also a chance that Diaz may face charges which if convicted of them Diaz could face a year in prison and a $25,000 fine. Chances are he won't, but either way... the worst part is that he missed his kid's first birthday.
Diaz, referring to missing his son's birthday, had this to say, "That's the bad part'. Well yeah. Pretty much.
In my opinion Diaz' moment of celebration with Mets players was not worth missing his kid's first birthday. It was his first.
williewilliejuan said 06/05, 12:42 PM
Obviously, it wasn't worth it for Diaz. However, he did give the kid the best birthday present he'll ever get. You don't understand? Allow me to elaborate:
First and foremost - if your dad is a ****, it's better to find out sooner rather than later. This kid is finding out at an early age that he has an uphill road to climb. It's always good to know upfront what obstacles you'll face in life.
Diaz has done even more than that, though. He has given this kid a figurative "get out of jail free" card for the rest of his life.
Room's a mess?
Diaz: "Why didn't you clean up your room?"
Son: "I was thinking about how much I would like to go to a Mets game, but then I remembered that you can't take me because you're banned for life. I just got so depressed, I couldn't clean up."
Homework not done?
Teacher: "Why isn't your homework done?"
Son: "I was going to ask my dad for help, but he's a ****"
Teacher: "That's not a very nice thing to say"
Son: (shows picture of dad at Mets game)
Teacher: "I'm sorry. I'll give you another week"
This kid will have a ready excuse for anything he does wrong for the rest of his life. You can't put a price on that.
Mrlns Fn said 06/05, 11:24 PM
Not gonna lie; your counter was prety funny. At least it made me laugh and I don't recall that ever happening before when reading my opponents' argument.
But I'm gonna counter your argument with this; I don't believe finding out about your dad's ****-ness at a young age is a good thing. Let me explain.
When I was a youngster I thought my dad knew everything; I thought he was the strongest man in the world; I basically thought he could do no wrong. When I was a teenager things changed and I realized my dad was a flawed human being just like the rest of us, but in those critical growing-up days I thought my dad was infallible and that ws a good thing because I always felt safe. I never questioned my dad's judgement; I never questioned his ability to protect my family and I.
It was a good thing, because I felt an overwhelming sense of security knowing my dad had things under control. I think that if I would've found out as a young boy that my dad had limitations and flaws my childhood would've been much less innocent and instead would've been filled with fear and a sense of disappointment.
Diaz' kid would've been better off not knowing his dad is a ****.
williewilliejuan said 06/06, 12:32 AM
It's good that you grew up with a sense of security, but that's probably because your father - though he may have been flawed - wasn't actually a ****. When someone's father is a ****, he has to protect himself from an early age because dad's dumbassery may land him in hot water - maybe even literally so.
If your dad is a ****, even the most mundane everyday activities are fraught with peril and may physically or emotionally scar you. Things like:
Drying off after a bath
Or staying home while your parents go out
When your dad is a ****, every day could be your last. You never know when his bad judgment will manifest itself on you. Good dads protect their children. Dumb dads take the kids down with them.
Today Diaz is jumping down into the Mets celebration. Tomorrow he may want to run with the bulls with the kid in a Baby Bjorn. Today Diaz is banned from Citi Field. Tomorrow he could be banned from the kid's Little League games or school for some other foolishness. It's better that the kid prepares himself now.
Mrlns Fn said 06/06, 12:40 AM
I'm pretty much gonna concede right now.
Your point makes sense - my dad isn't a ****, so the comparison doesn't really work. Yes my dad has his strengths and weaknesses like the rest of us but he's a good dad and he's not a ****.
Also all I can say is "missing his kid's first birthday made the whole thing not worth it". I've pretty much talked myself up a tree or into a corner or whichever little phrase is appropriate right now.
Plus your arguments are simply much more entertaining than mine.
williewilliejuan said 06/06, 02:07 AM
The problem with Diaz is he's not just a **** dad. He's a **** dad who does dumb and embarrassing things when he is drunk. The kid probably dodged a bullet when the dad was locked up on his birthday. He'd probably drink too much, take off his shirt, hit on the other kids' moms and then pass out. The kid's mom would be pissed, the other parents uncomfortable and his dad would probably steal one of the kid's toys before finally crashing.
The other problem with having your **** dad come to your party is now everyone will know that he's actually your dad. If he's just around at sporting events and occasional school activities, you can always play it off like he's an idiot uncle or just some weird drifter that likes to hang around.
When he's at your party, you just know he's going to announce the fact that he's your father before doing something stupid. There's no avoiding it. It's as if he's going to say:
No kid needs that. The knowledge this kid got from this event was totally worth it.
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