Friday, February 6, 2009

Stop Caring

Home run king Barry Bonds has been out of the game for over a year now and he is still making headlines. In a Bay Area courtroom yesterday, a judge released documentation that the San Francisco slugger tested positive for performance enhancing drugs on more than one occasion. Was he a performance enhancing abuser? YES. Did he lie to a federal grand jury? YES. Should anyone still care? NO. Here’s why:

1. I am so sick of Barry being the poster child for the juiced era. First of all, Bonds was not the only player in Major League Baseball to use. In fact I am willing to bet that just as many pitchers used than hitters (See: Eric Gagne, Kevin Brown, and Roger Clemens). Don’t punish him for being the best ball player and the best at using the drugs.

2. If there is anyone to blame, it’s the “high ups” in Major League Baseball. They knew exactly what was going on way back in ‘98 when Slammin’ Sammy Sosa and Big Mac were putting balls out of stadiums. But, baseball was still struggling to get fans back from the 1994 strike and this was doing the trick.

3. As baseball fans we have to admit that we turned the other cheek and enjoyed the show. Now, we must move on and stop putting cash in the pockets of low-lives who are writing books faster than rabbits can reproduce and cashing in on our obsession. (See Jose Canseco).

If we stop caring the books will go away, the controversy will soon be over, and we can return to the glorious game that we fell in love with a long time ago.

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