Originally Posted by Yachtzee
I don't know. I've been in the service industry and I've dealt with wealthy clientele. I think the problem this guy had was that he forgot that it's a professional relationship. It's one thing to do favors for players to foster a relationship and ensure bigger tips, if that's the way you're making your living. But you're also there to do a job, so drinking and carousing with players while you're on the clock is probably crossing the line. Doing something illegal, like what the Mets clubby is accused of, is over the line too. And if you're dumb enough to say something like that about the bosses kids, that's his prerogative if he doesn't want to retain your services.
It's a fine line you have to walk. You want to be a professional but there's that awe factor. These guys are MLB players and you'd like nothing better than to be friends with them. Sometimes, to keep that friendship, you have to cross that line. If you're a Reds clubby and Adam Dunn asks you to go out and have a few beers with him and the boys, are you going to say no? It reminds me of the movie Almost Famous. The kid wanted to write an objective story about the band he was covering but as he got closer to them he found it more difficult to be objective. I admit, talking about the owners' kids like that was dumb. Probably shoudn't have been fired but that's the way it goes.