Forget about getting your kids golf clubs or a tennis racket as a means to financial success. Teach them to throw the knuckleball.
It's much easier on your body than even golf or tennis. Playing MLB assures good, possibly great salary and benefits, and business opportunities in later life.
You people with poor job skills, you too: learn to throw the knuckleball.
There are two knuckleball pitchers in the Hall of Fame: Hoyt Wilhelm and Phil Niekro.
In 1969 at age 46 Wilhelm was paid $37,000 for 52 relief appearances for California and Atlanta. His final two seasons were with the LA Dodgers at ages 48 and 49.
Phil Niekro pitched until the age of 48 and won 314 games. Atlanta paid him over one million dollars for at least three seasons: 1980, 1981, 1982.
I think there are two knuckleball pitchers in 2011: Tim Wakefield (45) and R.A. Dickey (36). Wakefield is being paid $1.5 million for 2011 and has been paid $54 million for his career. Dickey is being paid $2.25 million for 2011 and will receive $2.25 million in 2012.
Even if you merely hang on for one season MLB will pay you the minimum $375,000. Try making that on the outside.
Isn't it worth the effort? It's a long shot but it's not as long a shot as winning the lottery. Worst case: you pitch sandlot ball forever.
The colossal lack of imagination of MLB is reflected in the American people's ignoring this opportunity.