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Careful What You Wish For

Posted on: February 18, 2009 11:14 am
Edited on: February 18, 2009 11:30 am
 

Major League Baseball wished for something. Major League Baseball got what it wished for. And a whole lot more.

Not just MLB itself but the fans and, especially, the baseball media got way more than they bargained for.

As we watch the fall from grace of one baseball player after another, we seem to forget the reason the Steroid Witch Hunt began. So let me remind you all why it did begin and who everyone was really after.

I think we know who everyone wanted to see crucified in the Steroid Scandal. It was Barry Bonds. While the fans and media fell in love with Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, no one wanted to see Bonds top McGwire's feat. Somehow, the baseball world equaled breaking Roger Maris' record to mean that McGwire was some great ambassador for the game. And McGwire helped instill that fantasy into everyone's mind when he woudl go out of his way to suck up to the media while he talked about how he was in awe of himself.

In reality, McGwire was just as much of a pompous, arrogant jerk as Bonds was. Just ask anyone whom tried to get a McGwire autograph when the cameras weren't around. The problem is that Bonds refused to be a fake for the cameras. While McGwire made sure to be as phony as possible, so long as that made him a hero.

And it worked....

When Bonds broke McGwire's record, he didn't get near the red carpet treatment that McGwire got. Instead, he got bombarded immediately with accusations of cheating. 'Roiding. People went so far as to say that if Barry broke McGwire's record, they would refuse to acknowledge it and that in their minds, McGwire would still be the king.

Wait....what? McGwire was 'roiding too? OOPS!

Well, those Bonds Haters did get part of what they wanted. Barry's legacy is indeed tainted in this steroid issue. But, what the Bonds Haters weren't counting on is how many people Barry would take down with him. They were hoping that Barry was the only one doing it and that they could just asterisk every Barry accomplishment and keep their golden child McGwire in the record books.

Now, it seems that every new golden child they want to crown ends up with the exact same stigma. Nope, can't call ARod your golden child anymore. He, too, is as guilty as Barry Bonds of juicing.

Each time we hear a new name come out, I just think of all those people 6,7 or 8 yeras ago who acted like Barry Bonds was the only one doing it. Who hated Barry so much that they went after this tooth and nail to make sure they beheaded him with their Steroid Guillotine. And now I wonder what they think as they see the guys they did like get marched up that same ramp and have to get the same treatment.

Those people who wanted to see Barry Bonds brought down got what they wanted. But I wonder if they got more than what they wanted.

Category: MLB
Tags: Steroids
 
Comments

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2009 5:13 pm
 

Careful What You Wish For

Baseball wanted a new golden age and they got a gilded one... at least until the shine came off.




Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2009 10:02 am
 

Careful What You Wish For

Oh, we got much more than we wished or bargained for or wanted.  I was never a fan of McGuire myself, partly for the reasons you gave above, Rob.  And, like you, I at least saw Bonds as being his own person.  My favorite player growing up was the not too media friendly Steve Carlton.  Granted, this was before 24/7 sports as now the media spotlight is always on.  But, not unlike a child with Santa, I wanted to believe these athletes.  We are in a different era.  Now, even many of those that saw ARod as the 'golden child' are questioning if his records to come should count or whether his visage belongs in Cooperstown.  I just don't see how the current and future records can just simply be ignored as if they never happened.  Then you'd have to excuse most of the run scoring records and the bloated ERA's as well.  The people who scoffed at Ken Caminiti when he stated to the Congress that 50% of players were using must feel as foolish as those that scoffed at Lawrence Lindsay when he said the cost of the Iraq War could run as high as $200 billion.  Seems as if Caminiti was spot on. My question would be are these sins and these liars any better or worse that Pete Rose.  At least is numbers as a player were pure.

And to think that the only juice Babe Ruth had in his day were those encased in his beloved hot dogs. 




Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2009 6:57 pm
 

Careful What You Wish For

One last correction.  Nice analysis Rob.  Sorry about not getting your name right.




Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2009 6:55 pm
 

Careful What You Wish For

Make that unintended consequences.  Hit the submit instead of the preview button.




Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2009 6:53 pm
 

Careful What You Wish For

Major League Baseball wished for something. Major League Baseball got what it wished for. And a whole lot more.Amen to that!  The law of inintended consequences at work in its full fury.

When Bonds broke McGwire's record, he didn't get near the red carpet treatment that McGwire got. Instead, he got bombarded immediately with accusations of cheating. 'Roiding. People went so far as to say that if Barry broke McGwire's record, they would refuse to acknowledge it and that in their minds, McGwire would still be the king. Wait....what? McGwire was 'roiding too? OOPS!I admit, I was cheering for McGwire and Sammy Sosa,  Took Mark at his word he was only using common suppliments.  Too bad he was not being candid with us.

Well, those Bonds Haters did get part of what they wanted. Barry's legacy is indeed tainted in this steroid issue. But, what the Bonds Haters weren't counting on is how many people Barry would take down with him. They were hoping that Barry was the only one doing it and that they could just asterisk every Barry accomplishment and keep their golden child McGwire in the record books. Now, it seems that every new golden child they want to crown ends up with the exact same stigma. Nope, can't call ARod your golden child anymore. He, too, is as guilty as Barry Bonds of juicing. Each time we hear a new name come out, I just think of all those people 6,7 or 8 yeras ago who acted like Barry Bonds was the only one doing it. Who hated Barry so much that they went after this tooth and nail to make sure they beheaded him with their Steroid Guillotine. And now I wonder what they think as they see the guys they did like get marched up that same ramp and have to get the same treatment. Those people who wanted to see Barry Bonds brought down got what they wanted. But I wonder if they got more than what they wanted.Funny, I was never a Barry hater.  It would be nice if every player was fan friendly, always quoteable, and a great role model for mankind.  Players are people, and people come in all temperments.  Barry had no obligation to me to be my friend.  Too bad the fixation was only on him.  It was like fixating on the snake in the garden while the rabbits are devouring the crops.  Very good analysis Toxic.



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