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A-Rod: Don't hate the player, hate the game.

Posted on: February 17, 2009 10:30 am
  The past week people have been blasting Alex Rodriguez for testing positive for steroids in 2003. Of course because he is with the New York Yankees so everyone wants to attack him. However, let's not focus the blame on A-Rod, or the Yankee organization. Let us focus on Major League Baseball and its commissioner Bud Selig.

  The MLB has known of the use of steroids in the league for sometime now, and they never really wanted to prevent it because home runs drives ratings up and steroid use means more home runs. Baseball has struggled since the strike to regain the interest of fans. The big home runs has been baseball's best tool to get back the interest of people, and if steroids is going to help that, then Bud Selig won't stop it. A-Rod tested positive back in 2003. MLB obviously knew he did and did not take any actions whatsoever nor did they say anything once he signed a huge deal with the Yankees. And now Bud Selig is saying A-Rod did something wrong and that he is shameful...while this nothing more than hypocrisy. Bud Selig is the one to blame. Bud Selig needs to step up and either take real actions to stop steroids in baseball or he should resign, and I think the latter will be better only because he has no attention to stop steroid use, because he believes home runs will not be as frequent.

  Trust me, I am a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, where the entire lineup equals the payroll of just Derek Jeter and A-Rod, and do not have any good feelings towards the Yankees. What A-Rod did was illegal based on U.S. laws, but it's like the old saying goes, don't hate the player, hate the game. And baseball did not prevent any of this. If you do not want to blame baseball or Bud Selig, than ask yourself this, how come in 2003 when MLB saw all these players tested positive, nothing came of it? In fact when this was first reported about A-Rod, MLB statement was that if the lab that had done the testing had destroyed the tests like they were supposed to, than none of this would have come out. Of course that's not the actual quote, I am just paraphrasing. Still think of it this way, you get caught doing something wrong, but nothing is said nor is any punishment made, why would you stop doing it than? It was if baseball was saying even if you got caught we would not punish you. It was not until Congress stepped in did Bud Selig say he would suspend players for steroid usage.

  Of course there are many things wrong with baseball. Things like salary cap and revenue sharing are things that should be considered. However, Bud Selig and company want the big teams with big names (even if they are on the juice) in the playoffs every year. Therefore Bud Selig ignores the problems in hoping to boost revenue and fans.

Category: MLB

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2009 2:46 am

A-Rod: Don't hate the player, hate the game.

     I do not defend any player that uses steroids, BUT, if you want to talk about laws that were broken, etc, then you must talk about another law that was broken when it came to light that Arod tested positive. That test was suppose to remain closed. That test was taken by baseball when it was not in their contract to have to get tested. That test was strictly to see if they needed mandatory testing, and obviously they did. But, there are things in this country called contracts. There is also something called civil court. That is where Arod will be one day when he decides to take everyone there and sue them for allowing a test that was under contract to stay confidential, come out in the open. The sick thing is that he will win, and someone will have to pay him for the lost revenue from sponsors that he is going to lose. Dont get me wrong, I hate Arod. He is greedy, selfish, and has no loyalty to his fans. I witnessed the guy roll up his car window on an 8 year old trying to get an autograph, and then watched his wife yell at him to sign it, which he wound up doing. But if you want to go by all the rules, he did not break baseball rules. Did he break the law? Sure, but 90% of this country breaks some non violent, victimless law. Have you ever stolen cable? Watched a bootleg movie? Smoked a cig. in the bathroom of a stadium? Drank a beer before you were 21? I can keep going with this. And the comment about selig resigning is a little extreme. He is responsible for stopping the collapse of baseball after the strike.  What did you want the guy to do when he realized his sport is using roids? Call the papers and tell them? Suspend a third of his players, and ruin the sport? He did damage control to the best of his ability, the same way any other CEO/President of a company would. He isnt just going to give up and watch his sport crumble without trying to do something about it. Do some research, every sport has this same problem. Ever hear of Lyle Alzado(I think I butchered the spelling), but anyway, you only realize it in baseball because of the HR count. No one ever questioned how Shawn Alexander shattered the TD title, then got hurt and was never the same. Why doesnt anyone want this guy? How is it that he is bad enough to not get picked up by any team? I dont mean to defend these people, just giving an honest opinion, looking in from the outside.

Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2009 12:48 pm

A-Rod: Don't hate the player, hate the game.

I'm not a Bud Selig fan, but it's worth pointing out that he's not all-powerful, and has had some attempts to increase testing and penalties blocked by the players' union.  The fact remains that the one in seven players who tested positive made a choice to take something that was illegal for them to take.  Bud never injected Alex, and the fact that it was against our country's laws but not the laws of baseball is a pretty poor excuse.  Excusing them is doing a disservice not only to the game, but to all the players who didn't cheat.

Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2009 11:31 pm

A-Rod: Don't hate the player, hate the game.

I don't hate Alex Rodriguez.  And even though I'm a life time ( and disheartened ) Royals fan ( but I do like Drayton Moore and what he's cooking ), I don't hate the Yankees.  Shoot.  It's a free capitalism country.  And they're handing out revenue dollars.  What's not to like about that.  But I am so tired of the debacle that Bud Selig has allowed to transpose itself into a once proud game revered by many.  And it may still be.  But not to lots of folks I talk with.  Yet, MLB reaped 6.5 billion in revenues for the 2008 season.  And are on track for a nice increase.  So Selig, in my humble opinion, does brush aside the issue of performance enhancing additives.  Oh of course, there are the mandatory dirabes, but this isn't going to go away.  You think MLB would've realized that years and years ago.

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