I’m not sure which I’m less likely to read, a long piece about roids in baseball or a long piece about the Jonas Brothers. Both would bore me.
Sure, it’s unfortunate that the best player and a bunch of others used drugs to improve. We’d all prefer the game to be clean and pure. Just like the rest of life, it isn’t and never was.
I loathe the notion that life in general, and baseball in particular, that people in general and ball players in particular, were once paragons of virtue and that we’re now a fallen species. No one knows, of course, but don’t you think if nice guys like Ty Cobb could have taken some pills that they thought would’ve made them better that some of them would have?
I suspect so. Players and others have always sought an edge, in baseball as in any other sport or competitive endeavor. Watering down base paths, corking bats, scuffing balls, stealing signs — unfair advantages all.
Ah, if we could go back to the times when America stood for something. The 1950s, say, when people were ethical and caring and God-fearing. Just ask a black person, a gay person, or a woman who wanted to do something besides type or be a telephone operator. Good old days. Baseball owners were corrupt tyrants who had players under their thumbs. Oh, for the days of the Black Sox scandal.
A-Rod cheated and lied about it. He’s apparently insecure and so eager to please that he sometimes loses his way. Welcome to the human race. Heard the news from the financial industry lately? The bankers and financial engineers who ruined our economy deserve far more scorn than any ballplayer, but you wouldn’t know it from listening to some of the sports bloviators on tv and radio.
I’m against players using drugs to bulk up. MLB should test rigorously and punish harshly. Beyond that, I’m not sure what they can do. Wipe out all the users’ records? Then what about all the games they influenced? All the players they played against and their stats?
Makes no sense. What’s done is done. And frankly, while I wish all players were clean, the knowledge that some have used and probably still are using does not appreciably diminish my enjoyment of the sport.
I doubt I’m alone. The people most outraged in all this are sportswriters and bloviators, it appears to me.
Maybe fans will stay away from the parks this summer and tune out the game. They are a lot more likely to forego tickets becaue they’ve lost their job or fear losing it than because some of the players are taking banned pills, though.
That’s my opinion. We welcome yours.