It seems to me like a sad unforgiving love story. To dire fans like I, baseball was a savior for me some days, carrying me through the night after a tough hardworking day. Derek Jeter would run out on the field to the Yankees entry song, and I would sit there with a glass of milk in my hands and think "that guy is the best ball player I've seen in years". Ever since I was little, I've always been thinking about these things; my favorite players, the best games I've ever watched and things like that. This was what the game of baseball was about for me and it has made the game so enjoyable for such a long time. That was the pleasure I got out of eing a baseball fan. This was a fun game that did not need to be an excitement all the time. After all, we have plenty of that in our lives, don't we?
The sport is different now. No longer is baseball just a game to sit down and watch after I get home from work. Every time I see Derek Jeter come out of the dugout, I will think "Thank the Lord that someone is clean" and "Couldn't he just play shortstop and third base for us". Players like Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, and Miguel Tejada have all tested positive for use of banned substances. So everything comes down to the ultimate question.
Since when did baseball players need anything but a bat to hit a baseball?
I will explain my theory here and it is quite simple. Look at A-Rod's stats, Barry Bond's stats, and Roger Clemens' stats before their supposed 'Steroid days'. Alex Rodriguez was definitely in the mix of big time sluggers before '01, having already topped 40 homeruns in a season; Barry Bonds was a 30-30 man with and average always looming way above .300; Roger Clemens simply had his glory days already. In my theory, all three had one thing in common; they all wanted something more; something more than themselves; something more than their accomplished selves. I hypothesize that the reason these men strove for something even better than themselves is that they wanted to explore; they needed excitement. Guess what came from them needing excitement in their big house, shiny car lives...yup you guessed it.
Baseball has never been affiliated with the word drama, nor should it be. The sport belongs to a different category. Baseball is a game of fundamentals as I said before and a game of attracting the most fans. These two things certainly do not imply anything in the sense of dramatic to me. Drama is saved for t.v shows, which are made for people who don't have enough going on in their lives. The game of a baseball was a simple yet sweet one before it got stuck up in all these complications.
So for right now, the sad unforgiving love story I briefly told you about is still sad and still unforgiving. But in terms of my relationship and many other dire hard fans relationship with baseball, the relationship status is "its complicated".