Confessions of a Frontrunner: I Love The Doped Out Players!
Are you like me? Have you grown so tired of the debate as to whose taken steriods that you just don't want to hear about it anymore? The list of players who should be "damned" by the baseball purists grows with each one of these new reports. Well, let me state here, I don't care anymore!
Yesterday led to a "startling" revelation that Alex Rodriguez had tested positive for steroids in 2003. While I would love to say I am shocked, I'm not. While I would love to say I care, I don't. Rodriguez is still damned entertaining to watch.
Listen, in one way or another, every player is on something of some form. I don't care if it's deemed legal or not, there is no way you can say players today even have the same regimes as players 25 years ago.
So let's ignore the purists who want to cry about the destruction of the game and just realize that it's how the game is played today. Better yet, lets embrace the way the game is today so fans can actually watch the game and ENJOY it, instead of feeling awkward that our ticket and merchandising sales help pay these jacked up morons.
I realize steroids are illegal. I also realize that designer steroids are illegal after they become known to exist. It's not that I'm unsympathetic. I just don't care anymore.
Forget the sanctity of the game and it's history crap for one moment and realize that people are paying to be entertained, not for some lessons on morality. If i wanted one of those I'd find someone who is an expert on the topic, not a pro athlete. No, I watch pro athletes to be entertained. Not to watch them lie to congress.
Do I like the "damned" players? well, sure I do. As a front runner fan, I very much enjoy the entertainment that was McGwire/Sosa. I enjoyed watching Roger Clemens pitch. Hell, even though I don't like him as a person, Barry Bonds antics were hysterical. To a certain extent, I even like A-Rod in the same way.
However, don't for a moment count me among the people who care how they do it. I can care less about it, front runners care about the results, not how it got there. I don't care about what team they were on, or what they did and another player didn't do. If there is any lesson we should have learned by now, its that we can't test for substances we don't know exist yet.
In another context, I won a fantasy baseball league in 2003 with A-rod in the center. Do I care what he was on? Heck no. I just care that he got results.
So sure, A-Rod failed. Just another in a long line of people who felt they needed that extra something. Maybe a player you love will be next. Who knows, David Ortiz may even be guilty of taking something too. But at the end of the day, it doesn't make him less entertaining to watch play.
I would love to see a list of people who have taken steroids. Absolutely, Positively, love to. At the end of the day, it would help people get over this a whole lot faster. If you want to create a separate wing at the Hall of Fame for these players, go for it. The most sickening thing about this has got to be the people who argue that the Hall should have a certain amount of "ethics" or "morals" to the players it inducts.
So with A-Rod, it's just another chapter in what it means to be a "modern" baseball player. So lets forget the corn fields and hot dogs. Welcome to the new age of baseball. Complete with jacked up players, low sodium hot dogs and this annoying need to hold one and all players to a standard they will never reach. To the purists who think anyone out there is 100 percent clean, I leave you with these two thoughts:
WHAT KIND OF A MORON ARE YOU?
GET OVER YOURSELVES!
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