Tuesday, February 10, 2009

ARod isn't the problem

I wasn't going to blog about this but I have to since I'm a baseball fan.

First, we all know what was going on in the 90's with the steroids in baseball. The problem we have is that guys like Bonds and Clemens stubbornly deny being involved. Nobody likes a smug person who cries woe is me when everyone pretty much knows they're flat out telling a lie.

Alex Rodriguez has his name leaked to the public that he was doing the PEDs and suddenly he's the poster boy for steroids. I don't care if he took five years to admit his wrongdoing, at least he had the guts to sit there and flat out admit it. Did he tell us everything? Who knows, but he said he used. This is what people wanted to hear. Still no admittance from Bonds or Clemens. Maybe their people leaked his name to remove the from their trials.

Secondly, what's done is done. Nothing can change what happened in those years. Erase the numbers? They still happened, people saw the home run derby between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. How many pitchers did they face who were on the stuff? Doesn't matter it's done.

One can probably breakdown any era of the game and find a demoralizing factor. The stories of Babe Ruth playing drunk, Mickey Mantle being so hungover he could barely stand, or Doc Ellis pitching a no hitter while being high on LSD. Those are tainted moments of the game too just as steroids are now. Thirty years from now people will talk about the years when players bulked up just like we talk about pitchers cheating in the 60's and 70's.

Cheating is wrong. I'm not condoning or totally accepting the rationalizations of today's well paid athletes. I'm not going to sit here and persecute them either. I'm sure we have all done something wrong to get ahead in our lives and even betrayed the trust of family and friends. We all work hard to regain what we lost.

If people are mad at the Rodriguezs', Bonds', and Clemens' of the world that's fine. Don't go see them play. Just rember to look in the mirror first.