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.
During the winter months and early into spring training I was hoping the Cubs would make a deal for San Diego’s ace pitcher, Jake Peavy. That trade never happened even though I still wish it would. Then this week Peavy rejected a trade that would send him to the White Sox. That made me very happy. If the Pads do trade Peavy to someone besides the Cubs I pray it’s not the White Sox or Cardinals. Anyway, Peavy pitched against the Cubs last night and I knew he was gonna bring his “A” game. What I really appreciated though was the reaction by the Padres fans. They showed their respect last night to Peavy for choosing to stay a Padre. They also showed their class by cheering loudly for newly acquired Tony Gwynn, Jr. Living in the midwest I don’t know any Padres fans and rarely get to see them play on tv. But last night these fans displayed class and respect for Peavy and Gwynn. They cheered the way fans should. Jake Peavy is a class act. Take for example last night after Carlos Zambrano hit David Eckstein with a pitch in the first inning. Bobby Scales led off the second inning for the Cubs and Peavy hit him in the right thigh area. He did what he was supposed to do. But the classy thing about it was the fact that he didn’t go head hunting. He wasn’t there to hurt Scales. He did it the right way. Even though the home plate umpire gave warnings to both teams I don’t believe their was any anger between the teams.
Now the Cubs need to figure out how to score some runs. Over the last week it seems the team has forgotten how to get guys to cross homeplate. It’s frustrating!!!! We have too much talent on this team to struggle the way we are right now.