Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Our American Pastime....RIP....

To my Conservative Friends:


I digress for a day from discussing Conservative issues and liberal tooling to comment on the steroid use in baseball and how it has destroyed the legacy of our great game...

Unless you have just emerged from under a rock somewhere, you know that the best player in the game, Alex Rodriguez, just admitted that he used banned substances between the years 2001 and 2003. In a very emotional interview yesterday with respected baseball man Peter Gammons, A-Rod almost broke down several times as he copped to his transgressions and apologized several times to the fans and to his supporters...

Now I know a lot of you are saying "Who cares" and that we have bigger fish to fry with the economy in the toilet and people losing their jobs and homes... To those comments I say: This why we need baseball now more than ever... We need to look forward to something good and wholesome. We need a sanctuary to the problems of our country and our economy. We need baseball to help get us through the hard times... We need what Baseball was when I was a kid.

I want to be able to take my son to the ballpark and see A-Rod hit a 500 foot home run and say to him "You see him son, he is one of the greatest players of all time." But I can't now, because it's all tainted and scarred for our lifetime.

Now, I know the man apologized and admitted to being "stupid" but the best player in the game that was suppose to be the anti-Barry Bonds and the clean face of the sport admitting to being dirty is just devastating...

How many fathers and coaches in the past few years have said to their aspiring young players when McGwire, Bonds and Giambi all were caught juicing said:

"Boys, you don't need to do that crap to be great - Look at A-Rod, he's the best player in the game, maybe of all time, and he is clean as a whistle...."

Well, that whistle is full of HGH, testosterone with a side of the cream and the clear.... How sad for the kids, How sad for the fans and; how sad for this great game...

They said after the strike that the game couldn't recover. But it did... However, that was just about money. It wasn't about what was happening on the field and it did not taint the records that us die-hard fans of this game cherish and love to debate...

Will the game ever recover??? Perhaps, but for a lot of people, it is dead for this generation of players who will always be referred to as players in the "Steroid Era"...

Again, I will reiterate the worst part of this is the effect it has on our kids...
And tonight when my son said to me "Dad, did you hear A-Rod took steroids??? Boy, too bad because he WAS great."

How sobering and telling it is that he used the word "WAS" like the man died.

In some ways, he did...

Our only hope is that the game can be revived, because tonight it died for a lot of us...

Just my thoughts...

GOP Mike

9 comments:

  1. A-Rod almost broke down several times as he copped to his transgressions and apologized several times to the fans and to his supporters...

    What else is going to do? He was caught. He could have come out before he was caught. That would have been the right thing to do

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