Okay, this post is about the game of baseball as a whole. Today, as I was creeping on Facebook, I saw where ESPN BASEBALL TONIGHT asked the following question, “When his career is over, will Alex Rodriguez have been bad for baseball?”. As I scrolled through all the comments I noticed the usual trolls were out in full force. Some people were praising AROD, others were demonizing him and others were your homer fans acting as if this was an attack on the Yankees.
First let me say this, AROD had a lot of talent coming into the big leagues. Unfortunately, we will never know when he started using PEDs and for how long. With that said, I think he deserves a lifetime ban. I am rough on my view of PEDs. I think Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds need lifetime bans as well. The same goes for Manny Ramirez, Ryan Braun and Bartolo Colon. I could continue with writing a ton of other names that have cheated. But I think you get my point.
I don’t like cheaters and cheaters. Players that choose to do this disgust me. Give me Ken Griffey, Jr., Derek Jeter, Tony Gwynn, Andre Dawson, Greg Maddux and Ryne Sandberg. These are some of my favorite players all time. They did it the right way.
I think MLB hid their head in the sand during the 90s when PEDs began to thrive. Thankfully, they have addressed the problem and hopefully they will get tougher on the liars and cheaters. That’s just my opinion. I’m not talking about spitballs, corked bats or too much pine tar. I’m talking about drugs that make you significantly run faster, throw harder and hit the ball farther.
When it’s all said and done, AROD hurt the game and is the guy receiving most of the blame in the media. He’s not the only one guilty, but has become the face of the PED users. So, yes, AROD is bad for baseball in my opinion.
Statistically, Alex Rodriguez is one of the greatest players in the game today. There are few players that can match his all around production. However, since joining the Yankees in 2004 things have gone down hill. The Yanks have not been to a World Series since 2003, the year before AROD arrived. They have made it to the ALCS only once and that was in 2004. They took a 3 games to none lead over the Boston Red Sox before losing 4 straight games. The Red Sox went on to win their first World Series in almost 90 years. AROD has struggled in the playoffs since becoming a Yankee only hitting .159 in his last 44 postseason at bats. Then the Yankees missed the playoffs in 2008 for the first time since 1995. There is also his use of steroids that came out not that long ago. Then the fact that he initially lied about it too. And finally, AROD was going to play for the Dominican Republic this year in the World Baseball Classic. Unfortunately, he was unable to play due to a hip injury that will force him to miss the first month of the season. And to top it off, the Dominican team didn’t even make it out of the first round losing to the Netherlands last night in extra innings.
I am not tyring to bash AROD even though it may sound like it. Since becoming a New York Yankee things haven’t gone his way. He’s just had a bad run of luck or maybe he’s cursed. Either way, I still say he is one of the best players in the league. I think once he returns from injury he will be a man on a mission. He has a lot to prove on the field and what better way to shut up your critics than by crushing the ball the way he is capable of.
I cannot express in words how disgusted I am with the use of steroids, HGH and PEDs (performance enhancing drugs) in baseball. Some of my favorite players for some reason felt they needed an advantage. I truly believe that this is cheating! However, what happened before MLB started to really test players and punish them for using these drugs is in the past. (I cannot believe I am saying this!) Anyway, I think the best thing to do is to move forward. Let’s make it official and give all former and current players a time of amnesty. Give them until the beginning of the season to admit they used any PED in the past. There should be no adverse action taken against any players that confess either. Especially, when MLB wasn’t doing anything about it. You can’t tell me that Bud Selig and Gene Orza and others didn’t know what was going on during the 90s. I think most intelligent fans knew something was not right, but we turned a blind eye. We loved the season of 1998 when ‘Big Mac’ and ‘Slammin Sammy’ were chasing Maris’ record. We watched in awe as they hit homer after homer. It was a great season. It brought back a lot of fans that were still sour due to the strike in 1994.
Anyway, back to my main point, we need to focus on the present and future. We shouldn’t punish players like AROD for doing something several years ago. Instead, everyone involved in baseball needs to focus on cleaning up the game and its image. If someone is caught using PEDs they need to be punished accordingly. That way we can move forward. If we continue to dwell in the past we will never overcome this stain that steroids have left on the game of baseball.
Since I began this blog last summer, I have tried my best to avoid the ugly issue of steroids in baseball. Unfortunately, it’s a sad reality and I can no longer keep my head buried in the sand hoping it will just go away. It’s obvious now that it won’t go away any time soon. The recent announcement that AROD tested positive for steroids in 2003 and then his confession about his use of “banned substances” proves once again that this is an on-going problem in the game today. And while MLB has finally started testing players and punishing users of performance enhancing drugs over the last few years there are still a lot of questions about current and former players linked to steroids. Who else is on the list of 104 players that tested positive in 2003? Will we ever find out who cheated and who didn’t?
Take a look at what has gone on just recently. The book by Mark McGwire’s brother detailing “Big Mac’s” steroid use. The legal troubles of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. Miguel Tejada being charged with lying to congressional investigators about the use of performance enhancing drugs in baseball. What’s next!?!?
Why don’t these players follow Jason Giambi’s example and admit what they did. It’s just a matter of time before someone spills the beans. You would think they would realize it by now. Idiots!!!!!!!!!!!!