In an interview today on KUOW's Weekday, sportswriter Frank Deford discusses his new novel The Entitled: A Tale of Modern Baseball.
He discusses how young athletes "gain a sense of entitlement, because it comes so early to them... At an early age, people are giving them things, people are cheating for them. They come to understand this is part of the package of being good. There are now lists of the best 8th grade basketball players in the country. It's so ridiculous, it goes without saying. It starts at that exceptionally early age."
This sets the stage for athletes and celebrities that feel even more entitled and expect everything, including the book's main character Jay Alcazar.