A-Rod, A-Fraud, A-Roid…………..

Posted: February 10, 2009 in General Discussion, Sports
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Let me preface this post by saying that I am a baseball fan. I have appreciated this game for as long as I can remember. I played t-ball all the way up to high school and I have enjoyed watching my son play this game his entire life. I am lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. I even named my son after a baseball player (Ryne Sandberg). So I’m writing this post with a little bit of disappointment in my heart.

 As most of you know, baseball has been dealing with a black-eye the past couple of years. The steroid controversy has been the main topic of discussion and, probably rightly so. But I suspect with the revelation of Alex Rodriguez’s admission  to being a juicer this is not going away anytime soon. I guess the most disappointing thing is not that he admitted cheating,but that I’m not totally surprised. I for one like A-Rod. I always thought he had a passion for the game that alot of other superstars didn’t. As a father I try to influence my son’s choice of players he likes(I know that’s probably not right), but I always tried to get him to focus on the players that seemed to love to play the game. Now I try to point him to the one’s that don’t or didn’t cheat to get ahead. Problem is I don’t know who those players are anymore. My fear is that so many young people will look at these guys and think it’s ok to do roids or whatever to get ahead. There is alot of money to be made if you are “good enough” to make it. I know if this was going on when I was in high school and I had the opportunity to take steroids to become a better player, I can’t say I wouldn’t have done it. It’s a shame because baseball is a beautiful game when played right. It has a rich history that I don’t believe any other sport can match. I just hope “the powers that be” can bring this sport back to it’s former glory so that future generations can enjoy watching baseball played the way it was intended to be be played.

I guess the next question to be ask, is should these guy’s, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemens etc……….,be allowed in the hall-of-fame? Seems to me that they played in an era when the use of steroids was status quo and it’s impossible to say who was using and who wasn’t. Or do we throw the baby out with the bath water and not let anyone during this time in? I’m glad I don’t have to make that decision…


 I was going to write a theological sidebar on this subject, but I have decided to leave it as is. This post is about baseball and baseball only. I realize the theological implications that could be drawn from the above post and will likely write a separate post on that very issue. But I would like to keep this particular post and all subsequent comments focused on baseball. So if your a fan and share the same concerns, feel free to post a comment……….


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