Some of you may have heard this week that the top brass at MLB is going to refrain from taking any disciplinary action against active players named in the Mitchell Report. If this wasn't bad enough, we also learned that the penalties of Jose Guillen and Jay Gibbons, two players who tested positive for performance enhancing drugs just this past off-season, were being commuted. This is the ultimate indicator of how Bud Selig and Donald Fehr really feel about us, the fans of baseball.
And it is obviously not much.
Yes, folks, they really expect us to buy this: Millions of dollars and big name Special Investigators, months of research and subpoenas, congressmen and lawmakers. As if that wasn’t enough, you can’t forget about the uproar about Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte.
And what becomes of it?
Nothing. Nada. Zip. Goose egg. No actions to be taken, no penalties to follow, and a multi-million dollar waste of time and energy.
Fifty dollars for a ticket? Yes, please.
Do they really expect everyone to continue to head out to the ballpark in record numbers.
And why not?
They've been two-faced and self-serving for years now, and we still buy the tickets and pay $8 for a single beer (price check people: $8 buys you 6 good beers on the outside). We the baseball fans are dedicated to turning the other way to preserve the greatness of our pet sport, a sport that refuses to drag itself into the new century.
It is a sport that almost seems proud that it has not seen a major rule change in over half a century, since they lowered the pitching mound. Football has had dozens of major rule changes affecting both sides of the ball to adjust for the different times the sport has seen.
Football gets it: everything changes.
Some may say that I have something against using steroids. This couldn't be farther from the truth. For centuries grown men have chosen to sacrifice years of their lives for the personal glory of athletic competition. The average lifespan of a pro football player is 20 years under the national average.
Steroids and human growth hormone will probably do the same thing, but if a grown person wants to do those to perform better for a 10-15 year period, then let them. Legalize it, regulate it, and let them all do it. What bothers me about all this is the hypocrisy of everyone involved.
The owners were saying they never knew it was going on. The players were lying about it and then expecting forgiveness for their lies, when the truth would have forgiven them faster than they realized. The commissioner was allowing the use of steroids to increase his sport's profile and popularity, and then acting like he didn't condone it years later, when the government was knocking on his door.
And the fans, for having to see it, hear it, witness it, then ignore it and buy the tickets, in record numbers.
Well, that's my rant for today; I'm off to buy tickets to see the Mariners later this summer. And I will be paying those outrageous beer and food prices just like all the others at the park because I'm a hypocrite too, and I can't stop.
I just love baseball too much.
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