Watching someone else live your dream is one of the most frustrating things in the entire world. The man currently living my dream is, Chicago Cubs rookie, Kyle Hendricks. After a very solid outing yesterday (though he came away with a loss) Hendricks is now 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA. I would never root against Kyle, but every time he takes the mound I think, “that could have been me”. Similar to yours truly, Hendricks went to an “academics first” type of school that had a “small market” baseball team; meaning, we were there to study and our games never had more than 50 people attend.
Nowadays, almost every major leaguer either came straight out of high school or went to a big state university for three years. Few graduating seniors are selected and even fewer are selected out non-division I schools (DII, DIII, NAIA, ect). As a result, only 4.3% of major league baseball players have degrees from four-year colleges (as of 2012, per Craig Calcattera of NBC Sports).
It’s still way to early in his career to be making any type of judgments, but it says a lot that a kid who went to Dartmouth has been able to get major league hitters out consistently. Even though Kyle Hendricks is living my dream of playing in the major leagues and is making six figures to do it, I still have one thing that he doesn’t have. Something that 96% of all those guys who are living my dream don’t have. A college degree. . . I realize how cheesy that sounds but until I make my first billion it’ll have to do. Happy Monday everybody!
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