Jeff Pearlman is not a big fan of Alex Rodriguez.
*** Note: the article contains very strong language and is not suitable for children.
The controversy stemmed from this:
Pearlman, who was also the writer of the infamous story where John Rocker shared his opinion of New Yorkers, didn't hold back in his opinions.
That’s why, when I watched the clip of Ryan beaning Alex Rodriguez last night, I smiled.
And yet … I couldn’t help feeling that, with the pitch to Rodriguez’s body, Ryan was issuing a declaration on behalf of Major League Baseball’s clean, fed-up players. Namely: (expletive deleted).
(Expletive deleted) for cheating. (Expletive deleted) for stealing paychecks. (Expletive deleted) for influencing the outcomes of games. (Expletive deleted) for lying. (Expletive deleted) for dragging us all down. (Expletive deleted)—Ryan Braun and Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens and Miguel Tejada and Nelson Cruz and Barry Bonds and Jhonny Peralta and Paul Lo Duca and every other guy who felt the need to inject nonsense into their bodies to help accomplish what, naturally, they could not.
There is obviously a lot of passion behind Pearlman's comments. But can you honestly blame him?
PEDs have not only affected the performance of the player that took them, but they also affected the employment status of those they fought for a job.
Just look at a few tweets from former MLB reliever Dan Meyer:
Hey Antonio Bastardo, remember when we competed for a job in 2011. Thx alot. #ahole— Dan Meyer (@Dmy53) August 5, 2013
Never said I was good enough but what about the players that never got their chance? Their lives could have been completely different.— Dan Meyer (@Dmy53) August 5, 2013
Players who used performance-enhancing drugs gained an advantage. For those fringe players like Anthony Bastardo, their cheating likely cost others spots in the big leagues.
Dempster did what most clean players wanted to do themselves.
Pearlman merely pointed that out.
While I don't agree with the amount of language Pearlman used in his blog, I have to say I agree with everything he says 100 percent.
The players we should be supporting are the ones who stand for the game to be clean. While they may have to get their points across in non-traditional means, the point is MLB players are no longer standing for cheaters.
No longer will you see support for those who thumb their nose at the game. They will be outcasts and dealt with accordingly.