Friday, February 20, 2009

Baseball Should Take A Lesson From Barkley

Written by Godfrey Logan, Friday February 20 2009

How come Bud Selig hasn't apologized for his part in the steroid era? I would say he created it himself and while I'm sure he didn't distribute the steroids himself I'm sure he made it possible for players to get their hands on it. As day by day A-rods lies change he should have take a page out of Charles Barkleys book and say It's no ones fault but his own and let's move on.

I still love baseball but this is the first time in my life where I am not excited to start a season. I’m sure I’ll get over it. I’d bet none of the players on the Cubs have cheated other than cheating the fans who got their hopes up that they couldn't blow another playoff series. I think this is worse than Pete Rose because he at least bet on his team after he stopped playing and was managing. What bothers me most is it’s during our lifetimes. What I liked about the previous days of baseball was that it was not during my lifetime. And before the new millennium it was enjoyable. Not so much of the sniping there is now a days between fans. It was just fun to go to a ball game and enjoy the experience. Now a days you hear so much about players off the field lives that I don’t need to know about. Now this whole steroids thing in an era when ballparks are far more hitter friendly and records were cherished and I believed that it would take a truly special human being to break these records like the homerun record which I thought would forever stand and the consecutive game hitting streak. In the past it was never about the homeruns it was about getting on base and moving the runner over. Now it’s about individual stats. Seeing guys who were already stars do things to themselves to get and edge when they were already stars. Barry Bonds, Mark Mcguire come to mind. Two guys who didn’t need an edge at all. I don’t believe it is possible to erase or expunge records because no matter what you’re on you still have to have enough eye coordination to hit the ball. But what made the records so hallowed is the eras these players played in. Bigger ball parks, shorter seasons civil unrest and wars. These players don’t have to deal with any of that crap. People say the steroid era saved baseball because of McGuire and Sosa’s homerun race. I would have kept watching baseball and I’m sure people would have come back after the strike which caused attendance to go down. I’m sure if people knew this is what it would take to bring fans back they would have stayed away in droves. Now who can we trust? Bud Selig should be prosecuted along with Bonds and Clemens and forever banned from baseball for being a schmuck!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Leave A-Rod Alone But Baseball Will Never Be The Same

Written by Godfrey Logan, Monday February 09 2009

It's very sad that A-Rod took steroids but test was anonymous.

A friend once told me a few years ago that she wouldn't be surprised if any baseball player had taken steroids. I thought she was irrational because there are certainly players who don't need to use steroids. Like Ryan Howard or Prince Fielder. Those are just massive human beings. There was nothing more they could do to hit homeruns as there some of their moonshots that still have not landed. Alex Rodriguez may not be a massive man but he is arguably one of the more talented men in sports and in my mind the last person I figured would be linked to performance enhancing substances. While I now sadly agree with my friend that I cannot be surprised if anyones name is linked to steroids I do believe that we should not jump on the A-Rod is a cheater bandwagon. It is reprehensible that anyone regardless of your status in beaseball, whether you're in the minors, an upcoming superstar or riding the bench on a major league team it is never good to be a cheater. In this era of hitter friendly ball parks it is unfathomable to me that anyone needs to cheat. What's worse is the era of steroids will now overshadow the era when black players were not allowed to play in the major leagues. But in Alex Rodriguez's defense this was an anonymous test where one lab had the names of the players and one lab had the samples. No one was to ever know which name went with which tests. This was supposed to be a survey to see if mandatory testing will kick in and sadly more than 5 precent of the players in 2003 tested positive. And allegedly Gene Orza was tipping off players as to when tests were coming. It is just sad to hear this news but the test was anonymous and players went into it thinking nothing would come of it especially discipline since there was no discipline at the time of the test. Someone is going to get sued over this and rightfully so. This won't be the end of it and hopefully there won't be anymore ridiculous hearings in congress over this. Although Alex Rodriguez's name will be tainted in a very difficult year for him already with his divorce and being linked to Madonna. Not to mention going on televsion in an interview with Katie Couric and denying ever using steroids. Though he has not been in anyway linked to steroids since, to me no one is above it and it will make watching baseball in the future much more difficult.