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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2014 10:35 a.m. PST

Some pitcher I never heard of before just signed for $210 USD million, and said he was "humbled" by it.

I hate it when some Alpha type claims to be "humbled" by praise, and/or acknowledgement of their greatness.

Listen, Pal. Humility is not what got you there. It is KNOWING you can throw a 110 mph fastball or a forward pass 70 yards that got you there. If you suddenly turn humble on us, you will not be the guy that just got that fancy contract.

It's like politicians being "humbled by the trust The People™ put in me with their votes." Again, if you had a single sliver of humility in your body, you would not be a politician.
Or a surgeon.
Or an astronaut or fighter pilot.

Glad I got that off my chest. grin

vtsaogames18 Jan 2014 10:39 a.m. PST

I think of someone being humbled when they have been bludgeoned to the ground.

Who asked this joker18 Jan 2014 1:18 p.m. PST

Or after a tremendous amount of success, they had a huge failure at what they do. Said pitcher should fell humbled if he goes into a 20 game slump.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2014 1:31 p.m. PST

Well, we're going a long way without knowing the personality in question. They may, just possibly, be humble. There are a few people around with humility and talent. Not very many, certainly.

But that said, yeah, when I hear "humbled" in this type of situation it sounds like trying to clear a vague sense of guilt for getting handed a sum larger than the GDP of the poorest 9 nations, or about equal to the poorest five combined, for playing a game. That's the income for 4,200 American families.

How he spends it, of course, will be the true test.

Mr Elmo18 Jan 2014 1:32 p.m. PST

I think its a way of saying

" I really don't deserve it."

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP19 Jan 2014 8:16 a.m. PST

Irritation is its own reward.

jpattern219 Jan 2014 2:55 p.m. PST

"Humbled" is when something happens that you *don't* expect. It's only happened a few times in sports, but this is what it looks and sounds like: YouTube link

Moves me to tears everytime.

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