However after surveying my students, the vast majority said they don't really use it against their parents, grandparents, teachers, and other adults in their life. They tend to use it against each other when their friends say something overly critical or mature.
I can totally see where some people are offended by the saying. That being said, I can see where millennials and Gen Z'ers are tired of being harassed and are standing up for themselves. As a Gen X'er... I find it sort of humorous and will leave it at that.
Downshifting a little, I thought it would be cool to show some love for MLB baby boomers. Obviously the list could be obnoxiously long, so I've narrowed things down to the thirty-five players born from 1946 to 1964 (baby boomer range according to Wikipedia) who have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame based on their careers as a player.
I spent almost two hours sifting through my vintage and 80's binders finding and scanning cards, so grab your popcorn, sit back, and enjoy...
Catfish Hunter (April 8, 1946)
Reggie Jackson (May 18, 1946)
Dave Winfield (October 3, 1951)
Rich Gossage (July 5, 1951)
Rollie Fingers (August 25, 1946)
Nolan Ryan (January 31, 1947)
Johnny Bench (December 7, 1947)
Carlton Fisk (December 26, 1947)
Ted Simmons (August 9, 1949)
Mike Schmidt (September 27, 1949)
Eddie Murray (February 24, 1956)
Bert Blyleven (April 6, 1951)
Bruce Sutter (January 8, 1953)
Jim Rice (March 8, 1953)
George Brett (May 15, 1953)
Gary Carter (April 8, 1954)
Andre Dawson (July 10, 1954)
Dennis Eckersley (October 3, 1954)
Ozzie Smith (December 26, 1954)
Jack Morris (May 16, 1955)
Robin Yount (September 16, 1955)
Paul Molitor (August 22, 1956)
Lee Smith (December 4, 1957)
Alan Trammell (February 21, 1958)
Wade Boggs (June 15, 1958)
Rickey Henderson (December 25, 1958)
Tim Raines (September 16, 1959)
Harold Baines (March 15, 1959)
Ryne Sandberg (September 18, 1959)
Kirby Puckett (March 14, 1960)
Tony Gwynn (May 9, 1960)
Cal Ripken Jr. (August 24, 1960)
Edgar Martinez (January 2, 1963)
Randy Johnson (September 10, 1963)
Barry Larkin (April 28, 1964) Youngest
Out of the thirty-five players, Catfish Hunter was the first boomer born on this list. Sadly he passed away in 1999. Gary Carter, Kirby Puckett, and Tony Gwynn are the three other players who were taken from us (baseball fans) and their families way too early.
Reggie Jackson is the oldest living boomer enshrined in Cooperstown, while Barry Larkin is currently the youngest. Barry Bonds is three months younger than Larkin, so he'll probably capture the title eventually.
As for guys like Derek Jeter, Curt Schilling, and Larry Walker who look like they'll be part of the Cooperstown Class of 2020... they are all Generation X'ers like myself. But that's according to Wikipedia. There are some blurry lines when establishing the age ranges for these generational labels.
Okay it's your turn to chime in...
Do you have a favorite baseball boomer? Favorite baby boomer in general?
I'm actually thinking about ranking my Top 5 baby boomers one day. I'd narrow it down to only athletes, but open it up to all sports. Until then...
Happy Tuesday and sayonara!