So many issues, so little space. Well, I really have as much space as I want but the more I write, the more people expect me to write and I’m never one for raising expectations.
There was that Super Bowl and a great Australian Open final between two all-time greats. But, I really don’t have much to say.
Congratulations to Pittsburgh-their fans deserve it for putting up with everything else involved with living in northern West Virginia. Including the World Series, we have two straight championships going to horrible places to live. I like this trend. Anything to distract them from the fact that in the game of life, they finished last in the division.
I won’t even poke fun at Roger Federer for his waterworks after Nadal beat him at the Australian open. I cried at my college graduation when I, like Federer, saw that the good times were over and it was time to get a real job.
Does DeVry have a tennis team?
I was all set to write about Kobe vs. Lebron on Sunday, which was promptly downgraded to Odom vs. Szczerbiak, then the A-rod news hit. It was a “Where were you…” moment this A-Rod hater and the entire Crown Heights chapter of A-Rod Haters. Really, what’s not to hate? I’m a broke Red Sox fan who struggles with the ladies, so I hate on many levels. I’m not afraid to say that by the way, and if you’ve read this column before you’ve already surmised my feminine deficiencies.
That being said, my initial reaction wasn’t elation or satisfaction, but sadness. I no longer saw the guy whose superhuman feats made me feel small but another human being, a much larger, more accomplished one, but a human being nevertheless. One who’s routinely booed by his own fans and whose marriage was dissolved on the back pages of the NY tabloids. The only thing Alex Rodriguez has is his accomplishments in baseball, and in a matter of a few hours that was taken from him.
We want to know why. Why would Alex Rodriquez take steroids? That’s easy. A-Rod took steroids because he was playing professional baseball during a time when professional baseball players took steroids.
No, it’s not right and never will be. But, imagine a world where owners, baseball officials and the players union all turn a blind eye to a growing steroid problem. Imagine taking the field knowing players on your own team are cheating and you have every reason to suspect the pitcher you’re facing is as well. Imagine devoting your entire life to the game with that as your primary means of supporting yourself and your family. It’s still not right, but it sure is complicated. I can’t say I wouldn’t have done the same thing. In fact, I thought I’d found my own comedy performance enhancing drug called “Steel Reserve” but I found out it caused diarrhea of every orifice. Especially the mouth.
I think Alex Rodriguez deserves to have his achievements scrutinized but he doesn’t deserve the vilification that is sure to follow.
Keeping it Classy
If anyone should be vilified, it’s the owners, who benefited the most from the steroid era, with increased ticket sales, ratings and overall interest in what was an aging pastime, yet escape now without any culpability. It’s always the men on the front lines who take all the bullets.
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