He says that the 21st century baseball fan has become so callused to the steroid issue that it's hard for new allegations to open up any sores.
Well said, indeed. It's sad to see a game that used to inspire so much optimism and joy when I was younger arose such cynicism now that I'm older. But, the question I'll pose to you is this: Is the Ramirez suspension ultimately good for baseball?Those of us who love the game are numb to it by now. Alex Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro and now Manny Ramirez ... turns out they were all juicers. My, oh, my, another black eye for baseball. Except where do you apply the punch to a face already battered by the muscle-bound blows delivered by Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Jason Giambi and Miguel Tejada?
But, the suspension of one of the game's marquee player proves that Major League Baseball isn't playing favorites. It sends the message that no one is exempt from the rules -- no matter how talented or highly paid they are.
The optimist would think this warning would force players to take the issue even more seriously. A realist would wonder why in the hell they weren't taking it seriously to begin with?
So, do you think that Ramirez's saga will ultimately be good or bad for the game? Will it enact any change or will things continue on as if nothing happened?
One other note:
|Rank||Player (age)||Home Runs||Bats|
|5.||Ken Griffey (39)||613||L|
|12.||Alex Rodriguez (33)||553||R|
|14.||Jim Thome (38)||545||L|
|17.||Manny Ramirez (37)||533||R|
Look at this list. Seems like a disproportional amount of these guys have been connected in some way or another to steroids. In baseball, where the continuity of the game and the ability to judge players from one generation to another means more than in other sports. How are we supposed to do that now?
This may seem like a minor thing, but to a lot of baseball purists it's very important.
It probably necessitates a seperate post, but is there anything that can be done to make the record book reflect true, honest numbers in their proper context?