I must say, I was a little disgusted by the favorable media coverage of Sammy Sosa's 600th home run.
How can we root for a guy whose entire career was based on steroid abuse (Sosa) while condemning a guy who probably wouldn't have touched the juice at all if it hadn't been for Sosa and Mark McGwire's blatant usage (Bonds)?
A little consistency here, please.
Also: As a former resident of Chicago, I think it's pathetic the way Cubs fans conveniently turned their backs on Sosa when things went bad.
What, you didn't know he was a lying cheat before the corked bat or the leaving-early incident? Give me a break. You can say a lot of things about Giants fans, but at least they've had enough courage to stick with the guy who brought them so much for so long.
It's just not right to play the "we were naive" card, Chicago.
To those who think that Sosa's resurgence (batting .246) somehow implies that he never touched the cream, the clear, or big needles—please keep in mind that Sammy just took an entire year off to "recover." Also be mindful of the fact that (soon-to-be) National League All-Star Barry Bonds leads the majors with an OBP of .500 and is third in the league in OPS.
Bonds also looked pretty good on Sunday stealing a base, scoring from home on a shallow fly to right, and moving from first to third on a single—not bad for a swinging cripple.
And if NL All-Star skipper Tony LaRussa passes on Bonds because of the steroids taint after managing McGwire in Oakland and St. Louis...well, hypocrisy always speaks for itself.
I'm not a court of law here—just an avid observer calling it like I see it. I'm exercising my right to free speech after years of pumping my time and money into Major League Baseball.
And I don't trust Sammy Sosa. Corked bat aside, his family members were caught funneling money from Sosa's charity in Florida back into their own bank accounts. Stories like this one seem to follow Sammy everywhere. Even McGwire has hinted that Sosa rubbed him the wrong way, like a do-anything opportunist.
More importantly, how does Sosa go from hitting 36 home runs with a .251 batting average in 1997 to hitting 66 homers with a .308 average in 1998?
Magically, from 1998-2002, Sammy Sosa never hit below .280—after only topping .280 once in his previous ten seasons. And guess what: The first year he hit below .280 again was the first year that MLB started testing for steroids.
Correlation doesn't equal causation, but it sure is interesting.