Saturday, February 7, 2009

Here We Go Again....

Somehow, I just knew we were going to have another A-Rod controversy before Spring Training. Joe Torre's book wasn't enough, we needed something bigger. Something with more staying power. Sports Illustrated broke the news this morning.

When I woke up and read on the ESPN ticker that A-Rod had tested positive for steroids in 2003 it was pretty bad. Shocked isn't the right word, every time we`ve had news break about steroids I was holding my breath, waiting for A-Rod's name. Its exactly like him. He`s the hardest worker on the Yankes by all accounts and baseball is his life. That he cheated to get ahead is no shocker. Dissapointing and frustrating is more accurate. Dissapointment is more accurate. Other than the fact that he's just a great Yankee, he had a chance to top Bonds' home run record. Alex could have been the clean golden boy of baseball to take the record back from Bonds. Now, that's not possible for obvious reasons.

Then reality sunk in. This test was back in 2003. Steroids have been outlawed since 1991 but it wasn't until 2004 that actual penalties were put in place. That essentially means that while theirs a mental asterick on everything before 2004 and after 1991, its tough to call it cheating. If something is illegal but has no penalty behind it, can you be held accountable for what you did? I don't think so. Its human nature and as we learn more, its becoming obvious that most of the league was juicing. Since then, he hasn't failed a test. Did he just start taking undetectable stuff or did he just stop? Nobody knows. If he stopped as soon as they put teeth behind their ban in 2004 I can't really blame the guy. Its stupid but not morally wrong.

What's going to be the fallout from this? I have no idea. We`ve had predictable responses around the blogosphere. A-Rod fans defended him while detractors criticized him. ESPN actually seemed to show some balance in their coverage of this. For the next week or so it`ll be big news and then in Spring Training it`ll come up again. However, in the end, he`ll be cheered and when he christens the New Stadium with its first home run he`ll get a curtain call. Their's still more to be learned about this, lets just reserve judgement until we know more.

3 comments:

Nate said...

It is cheating, but in every era of baseball history there was some kind of unfair advantage. Before 1947 there were no black people, meaning the guys on the field were not necessarily the best of the best. In the 60's and 70's everyone was on amphetamines, the 80's was a mix of amphetamines, coke, and steroids, and the 90s until now its been steroids. It doesn't make what ARod did right, but I don't think it should have too big an impact on his legacy.

Charlie said...

that's a damn shame

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a rare rational look at it Mike