Just some feedback on the MDJ’s “Citizen of the Year” editorial of Sunday, pertaining to the lines: “Most Cobb Countians will remember for the rest of their lives where they were when they first heard that the Atlanta Braves were moving to Cobb County. … Either way, that November morning will be indelibly etched on the county’s collective memory.”
Really? Indelibly etched in our memory for the rest of our lives? An MDJ editor truly believes the announcement that the Atlanta Braves are moving to Cobb County had that instantaneous psychological impact equal to our first hearing about the assassination of President Kennedy or Martin Luther King Jr. or the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? Talk about being Cobb-centric.
I admire the enthusiasm, but in this case unbridled hyperbole got the better of the writer. Perhaps it was written through the prism of a sports editor.
To test the veracity of the writer’s assertion, I suggest that the MDJ make a note to survey Cobb Countians in five years and ask the question: “Where were you on that fateful November day in 2013 when you first heard the news the Atlanta Braves were moving to Cobb?”
I suspect the answer will be: “Are you kidding me? The economy was still in a recession, I was worried that I would not have health insurance coverage for my family on January 1, 2014, the Middle East was in flames and our federal government was in gridlock and drowning us in debt and you actually expect me to remember where I was the day I heard the Braves were moving to Cobb?”
I understand that the announcement of the Braves move to Cobb County is viewed as an economic coup, especially among the county’s political and financial movers and shakers, but let’s keep it in perspective — it just does not reach the level of that gut-wrenching Sunday morning announcement that Pearl Harbor was attacked even when we listen to a repeat of that radio broadcast or read that newspaper headline again 70 years later.