Harsh Reason To Skip Son’s HS Graduation
Harsh Reason To Skip Son’s HS Graduation, Kirk Gibson, the Diamondbacks’ notoriously gruff manager, stirs debate with his explanation. Mentioned this in a tweet on Thursday night and in Friday morning’s Juice, but Kirk Gibson may have finally reached the point of absolute self-caricature.Asked why he didn’t return to Michigan on Thursday night for his son Cam’s high school graduation, the Arizona Diamondbacks manager gave the sort of response you’d totally expect from a skipper known for being so gruff and no nonsense that he banned all toys and cell phones from the team’s clubhouse last season.
Gibson’s explanation, of course, generated a lot of opinions after I tweeted that quote out. Many people mentioned that yeah, you’re “supposed” to graduate, just like you’re “supposed” to show up at important milestones in your child’s life. Graduating high school would seem to qualify and it’s pretty routine for managers, coaches and broadcasters to miss games for that exact reason each June. (Jamie Moyer might have faced a similar choice with his son’s graduation this month but being cut by the Colorado Rockies saved him from the decision on whether to stay or go.)
On the other side of the argument, some Tweeters contended that Gibson’s decision was the right one because they had also skipped walking in their school’s ceremony.
I fall in the first camp because while rituals like religious ceremonies and graduations and weddings might be considered boring and routine, they’re also great chances to be together. They’re opportunities not only to have a nice dinner but to look at where you’re going as a family and also where you’ve been. In my opinion, that’s a lot better than sticking around to watch your third-place team salvage one win out of a mid-June series against the Texas Rangers.