That's the thing with independent leagues, though. With the best players possible playing in leagues affiliated with Major League teams, you've got the players who are left trying to hang onto what's left of their baseball careers there. Occasionally, you'll find washed up former Major Leaguers there, as well. It's oddly depressing to watch because you know all these players are thinking about what could have been when they take the field. They wonder who they might have been drafted by, who they could have become with amazing coaching and guidance, and where this game could have taken them had they just caught the right scout's eye or been a better player.
It puts the game into perspective, in a way, when you watch these players giving their all in a league that doesn't really matter to anybody. It still matters to them.
The next time you go to insult the quality of play in a Can-Am game, remember how those players are seriously giving their all and wishing they could be playing somewhere better. They're putting out the best possible effort that they can. They're clinging to the game. They're not giving up on their dreams just yet. Remember that - especially if you've given up on some of yours.