Tagged: Steroids

Perspective on This Week’s Events

Mark McGwire is defending himself by saying that steroids never helped him to hit homeruns.  He apparently only used them to heal quicker from injuries.  I’m sorry, but anyone who has taken High School health knows that the sole purpose of taking steroids is to heal quicker from injury (allowing you to work harder, bulk up quicker, etc.).   Who can blame Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk for calling McGwire’s defense a crock?  “Try having your knees operated on and catching for 30 years,” Fisk responded. “Do you think you feel good when you go out there? [McGwire] had to stand around and play first base. So excuuuuuse me.” (ESPN.com)  Fisk might be a cranky catcher, but what catcher isn’t?  Regardless, he has a point.  McGwire was never prolific in the field on or off steroids.  What injuries, other than the intense fear old age and the premature end of a lackluster career, was he facing?

On a brighter note, congratulations are in order for Andre Dawson and his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.  He doesn’t have the magic numbers of past inductees, but with ballots approaching with names such as Palmeiro, Clemens and Bonds on them, do those numbers hold credence anyway? 

For me, there was a beauty in Baseball’s black and white quality.  You win or you lose.  You’re good or you’re not. It was escapism from the uncertainties of life.  You always knew where you stood.  Apparently though, I was wrong.  What can you trust?

Speaking of perspectives, Baseball is only a game.  I would be remiss to not mention that our thoughts are with  the real tragedy in Haiti.  Please check out MLB.com for ways in which you can help.

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Why History will show McGwire more pathetic than Bonds

The following is my Vlog on the news that Mark McGwire finally came out, admitting to steriods use from 1988 through his fammed Home Run race.  I’m not going to lie.  Like most folks, this admission is nothing to stop the presses about.  However, looking back at the obnoxious and “holier than thou” way in which he took Canseco task, now makes him look out right pathetic.

History is going to look at Bonds in a more favorable light than McGwire.  Bonds was an aweseome player who was forced to cheat in order to keep up with the game.  McGwire was, and always will be, the D student who stole the answer key from the teacher.

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A New Shade of Sammy

Sammy Sosa finds himself back in the news again for anything but Baseball. Remember, when this guy used to be in the Headlines for Homers?  The former lauded slugger was caught in Vegas on November 4, with a new look… he was white.  Any person with half a brain on sight would jump to the conclusion of skin bleaching; however, Sosa claims that he just finished skin rejuvenation. I don’t know.  I’ve heard that a camera can add ten pounds, but I’ve never heard of it changing your skin color.

 

It’s hard to take take anything Sosa says seriously.  This is the same man who swore that he didn’t play his career with the sole purpose of induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, yet he’s still apparently patiently waiting for the call from Cooperstown (ESPN Deportes).  This is the same man who also forgot to put a corked “practice” bat away and used it in a game.  Sammy Sosa never played for the love of the game.  He played with vanity.  And now with all the vanity of a “Housewife of [insert name of city here]” on Bravo, he’s getting skin treatments that are literally ripping the pigment off his skin.  Kinda desperate, Sammy?
Speaking of desperate, with the Yankees most recently World Series win, it is hard to not to notice the sudden warm reception for fellow performance-enhancing drug offenders – Andy Pettitte and  Alex Rodriguez.  It’s amazing how winning is a cure-all for all betrayals. (Michael Vick better hope he doesn’t choke with the Eagles.)  Being that Sammy was never lucky enough to be on a Yankee roster, could he actually be trying to play the part?  Sammy and his inauthenticity strikes again.  
You can’t help but notice what Sammy doesn’t have in common with Rodriguez and Pettitte. Could Sammy’s self-loathing and vanity have lead to this skin “rejuvenation”?  Race and public acceptance in Baseball is an issue that goes back to the beginning of the game.  Ever see those death threats Aaron got?   
Nevertheless, another undeniable difference between Sammy, Rodriguez and Pettitte is humility. Unlike Sosa (or Bonds for that fact), these guys apologized.  Sure, maybe the shine has been dulled on their mantel but they have gained something back that Sammy and Barry haven’t, some respect from the public.  Maybe if Sosa got his priorities straight, we would still be speaking about him as a Baseball luminary and not as the blatant “Fashion Don’t” that he is.