Another asterisk for Baseball

, Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 7:42 PM Comments (2)

It doesn’t come as a shock to find out that Alex Rodriguez used steroids. I’ve come to expect such things from baseball. The entire steroid era and subsequent investigations are a joke.

I can’t take the sport and all of its characters seriously anymore. A pastime that is supposed to be as American and pure as apple pie is running its reputation into the ground.

Forget all the legal terms and agreements that dictate the operations between the players union and Major League Baseball, cure somebody needs to say “enough-is-enough.” A-Rod, thumb a.k.a A-Fraud (I guess that name now takes on more meaning) is a key figure head in baseball. He catches the headlines and garners the attention because of his huge contract, his pursuit of records and potential success in pinstripes. A-Fraud was a player that I am sure little leaguers around the country, and possibly the world, wanted to emulate. I hope kids and parents recognize that not only did he cheat, but he lied about it – until he was caught. Rather, he lied about it, and Major League Baseball lied about. The fact that baseball has marketed Rodriguez for years, but never felt it necessary to come out and say, “Hey, this guy is cheating, so take his accomplishments with a grain of salt” pisses me off.

A-Fraud and his pinstripes

A-Fraud and his pinstripes

The finger should be pointed at everyone from the guy using steroids/illegal performance enhancing drugs and/or methods, all the way up to the governing heads that have chosen to look in the other direction. They all need to be accountable. Roger Clemens, Jason Giambi, Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire, Jose Canseco…I’ll stop there so not to bore you with a laundry list of suspects or potential names on the government list. What can we believe baseball achieved cleanly? It’s a dirty operation, a greedy operation, and a shameful one. My soap box is out – I know – and in full force.

My beloved Phillies just won the World Series, but yet they did so with J.C. Romero who is now suspended 50 games because he used a banned substance. Why did it take so long for his suspension to be issued?

I get the fact that these players have pressure to perform and stay competitive or to get ahead of the next guy. That makes sense. Huge dollars are at stake. Human nature and a sense of pride and drive would make players seek new ways of succeeding. But, what kind of person would pride themselves on knowingly cheating? In Romero’s case, he felt that he was safe and not doing anything wrong. I give him kudos for addressing the issue head on. Some of the names mentioned above won’t even utter the word steroid or face the questions many of us have.

I hate to judge others and their actions, but this whole thing is getting old. Where does one’s moral fiber take over? Let’s once and for all get it all out on the table, everyone come clean, and move on from it. Whatever comes of the guilty pleas, so be it. Houston pitcher Roy Oswalt, if he is in fact clean as he says he is, should be pissed off at A-Fraud and everyone else who has cheated baseball and baseball fans.

My soap box dance is done for the day. Cheers and happy use of the Clear!

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