Political Steriods And Baseball
You can now cheat in baseball, and you will not be penalized for it.
Today, it was reported that the former Senator George J. Mitchell came to the conclusion, after spending $20 million dollars, that 89 major league baseball players had all abused steroids---as if any true baseball fan in America was actually learning something new, or was even a little bit surprised.
Mr. Mitchell could have asked any one of baseball’s many fans, and most could have made just as educated a guess about that list, which is pretty much what they are doing.
Mr. Mitchell could have then used that $20 million for a better cause, like giving all the fans free parking for a month.
We live in the land of drugs. We even drug our dogs.
Most of us find the “their” shock a bit disingenuous, to say the least.
Did they think that the fans would not notice that a baseball being hit out of the park and into the next state was not exactly normal?
It’s much like when a husband tells a wife he’s out of money, and then acts like he’s shocked when she finds a good wad of it in his wallet.
“Well, where did that come from?”
Unfortunately, we live in a land of many cheaters. From a President who lied to a grand jury, to a corporation president who lied to its stockholders (Enron), to a x-Vice President who is running around the world like Chicken Little saying America is responsible for the end of the planet.
If our politicians are never punished for lying, why should our baseball players be?
Cheating and lying is an everyday thing for many in America, and even more so at election time. Why, it’s practically becoming an all American past time!
And steroids are nothing new. After all, we watched Mr. Gargantuan Universe Arnold (I’ll Be Back) Schwarzenegger go from a size 192 to a size 42. He’s lucky he still has a heart, let alone his voice. Nobody has asked him to resign for being brain damaged----yet.
HGH (Human Growth Hormone) and all kinds of body building stuff are available in every mall in America, much to the happiness of young men reaching puberty.
They go home and do their Barry Bonds imitation in the mirror.
Everyone in baseball’s upper echelons knew about this, they just looked the other way and ignored it all because of one simple reason:
“Show me the money!”
I’m sure steroids have been around for many, many years. Who knows? Maybe even Babe Ruth put some “juice” in his alcohol.
Corruption for a buck has been around since the invention of money.
I think the real abuse came after 1994 baseball strike, when both the players and owners rudely ignored the fans and fought over who would get the “millions.”
The fans could not believe their greed.
After the strike, the real fans swore they’d never return. Cameras were filming close-ups for quite some time.
What happened? They brought in the outfield lines, change the strike zones, (not to mention new bats and balls) pumped up the juice, and we watched the game go from being a game of excitement to nothing but a homerun marathon---and it worked.
But it also became boring. Let’s face it. Without guys stealing bases, and managers having to counter act the other’s managers moves, you end up waiting for the home run hitter to come to the plate.
They added sixties songs. You could sing along.
So, in came a slugger contest---Mark McGuire vs. Sammy Sousa. It filled the stadiums back up.
Was it planned? Did the owners get together somewhere and decide to let this “contest” of superhuman strength play to the limit for profit?
Did they care if the ball players destroyed their hearts and brains?
Personally, I think they rationalized that if they just kept it under wraps from the public, their consciouses were clear.
But the “kids” found out. And that’s not good.
Anyway you look at it; this news is just another strike against the integrity of our country.
Bud Selig, Mr. Mitchell, and our own President, said in Clintonian speak today, “Let’s just put all of this behind us. It’s time to move on.”
In a moral country, this statement would not have been uttered.
The country might still be moral, but our leaders are obviously on steroids.