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Baseball And FOX Embarrass Themselves On Saturday…

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIJuly 7, 2009

SAN DIEGO - JULY 3:  Manny Ramirez #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers smiles against the San Diego Padres during the game on July 3, 2009 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

I still haven’t figured out which network that covers baseball I despise more. Do I hate the FOX telecast with their "we are bigger than the game" attitude and the extremely hard to listen to Joe Buck? Or do I hate the TBS broadcast? 9,000 Frank TV commercials during a game will drive anyone crazy and quite frankly, it’s amateur hour.

On Saturday the decision was made for me. After a long day at the beach and at the softball field, I came home and tuned into the New York Mets vs. the Philadelphia Phillies on FOX.

What FOX did in the middle of this game was a joke, and they, along with major league baseball, should be embarrassed.

In the middle of this game—a game that is between one of baseball's best rivalries, FOX switched to the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres game to show Manny Ramirez's first AB of the game. What a joke. Good work FOX. You have officially become my least favorite baseball telecast.

Ramirez quit on his team last and this year he was caught cheating. He cheated the fans, he cheated his teammates, and most importantly he cheated himself. Yet, FOX and baseball are glorifying him like he just came back from the war or he just came back from a career threatening injury.

I really couldn't believe what I was watching. FOX portrayed him as this sympathetic figure.

What a poor guy. He had to sit out 50 games—tragic.

This is why the national media focuses so much on baseball and steroids. Instead of baseball burying Ramirez like they should have, FOX and baseball praise him. I understand Ramirez is a larger-than-life character, but give me a break. Even Tim McCarver, who was doing the Mets-Phillies broadcast, asked why are we showing this?

If baseball really wants to get rid of their steroid issue and really their image issue right now, they need to stop doing stuff like this. What this broadcast told me and America is that it doesn't matter if you cheat; If you take steroids, baseball will do it’s best to make sure that you are still a star when you return from your suspension.

And I don't want to hear that this was a FOX broadcast, baseball had nothing to do with this. That is nonsense. FOX is representing baseball for those three to four hours. Baseball had everything to do with this. Baseball has yet again embarrassed themselves.

One last note on Ramirez. When a star player goes down to the minors for whatever reason, it’s customary for that player for pay for a meal or two. Not Manny. Ramirez didn't pick up NOT A SINGLE MEAL during his stops in Albuquerque and San Bernadino.

Not only is he a cheater, but he is cheap.

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