Can We Stop Setting Baseball Back?

Bare KnucksAnalyst IMay 4, 2009

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 14:  Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees watches batting practice before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays April 14, 2009 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Once again it’s happened, everything was going great for Major League Baseball, and what happens? Someone has spoiled everything and brought baseballs worst skeleton back out of the closet.

By now it’s no secret that baseball’s integrity has severely been scarred by the steroid era. Legendary careers have been ruined, sacred MLB records tarnished, and stories deserving of recognition go unnoticed.

This story has been analyzed and recycled so many times that there is nothing left to be said. Unfortunately, some of the public and all of the media refuse to turn the page on this dark chapter in baseballs history.

At first, this revelation was about bringing honesty back to the game and its fans. Something had to be done to insure that baseball's reputation took no more damage. And Major League Baseball acted accordingly, implementing suspensions to anyone who tested positive and keeping Hall of Fame worthy candidates out of Cooperstown.

Now it’s just a circus, a nonfiction novel that has no truth. Each allegation is more outrageous than the last, and the hope of amending the unraveled faith of so many goes to the wayside. Like a spouse that has committed adultery, MLB has continuously tried to apologize for their wrong doings. It's now up to us as the community that supports MLB to accept these apologizes, so we can get back to seeing the game for what it really is; a historical game filled with rich tradition, and our countries national pastime.

However, everyone needs to be willing to get past the unfortunate truth, I’m talking to you Selena Roberts, and I’m talking to you Jose Canseco. Every time you open your mouths with another allegation, regardless if it’s true or not, you are just setting the game of baseball back. There is nothing left to prove, only reputations to damage and heritage to destroy.

Take a look at this, from another perspective; imagine you are the one trying to enhance your game with illegal drugs. Now imagine that you were successful in boosting your performance and avoiding conviction for you crime. Now you are retired after a long successful career, when taking a look back at what you accomplished knowing you cheated yourself and the game, are you really going to be proud of anything you were able to achieve?

Think about having to live with that everyday, for the rest of your life. I can guarantee that will be punishment enough, unless you are someone with a clouded conscious and have no moral fiber in your soul.

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