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The sad state of MLB!

Posted on: March 16, 2008 2:05 am

I grew up chewing the crappy gum to get the baseball cards! I wrote on them when a player changed teams (before I knew they were worth a fortune). I wore a plastic batting helmet (oven) all summer long to support my Cardinals. I checked the standings and box scores (pre-internet) every day, because I cared!

With that said, I have really lost interest in the game these past couple years! All the records I once coveted, and then watched in amazement when they were broken have been tarnished by steroid use by many players! I can't know and don't care to speculate anymore who all of them are! It just kind of diminishes the importance of all of it. I try to teach my kids to play by the rules, and be honest, then their sports heroes get caught cheating, then further the shame by lying about it! Double slap in the face!

I understand the pressure to perform for a young player, so it is hard to hold them responsible! I can only hold one person responsible, Bud Selig! This man turned a blind eye on the biggest scandal in baseball since the Black Sox scandal! This created an atmosphere that promoted steroid use, and did nothing to stop it. As a young marginal player, it was juice or be cut! For his role in this scandal, he is rewarded with a 15 million dollar salary.

Yes revenue, and ticket sales are up, but at what price? Kids are juicing because there heroes are, records have fallen that never would have, further promoting steroid use because the records were broken by juicers, and nothing was done about it, in fact we celebrated it! Rewarded it if you will! This will all come full circle, because regardless of what Mr. Selig's message may be, it doesn't pay to cheat, and in the long run MLB will lose! It is a shame the owners do not see this and oust this fraud of a commissioner before he completely ruins the game, if he already hasn't!

Give me your thoughts on this subject............

Category: MLB

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2008 1:27 am

The sad state of MLB!

This week in baseball, wow does that take me back!  Thanks Freeagent..I dont feel so old anymore!

Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: March 21, 2008 10:51 am

The sad state of MLB!

Well put Redbird!  I'm completely with you about losing interest. I would say just last year I started following my Reds a little.  I emphasize a little.  The records are meaningless to me, heroes aren't heroes anymore.  It's very sad  that MLB is in the state it's in due to hmm-hmm Mr. Selig.  It just sickens me that my 8yr old son loves playing baseball, loves going to our local college games and we have a local Frontier league team he enjoys going to see also. As far as pro he's uninterested. He doesn't even have a favorite pro-player. That seems so un-American.  Who can blame him?  Morally he's doing exactly what my wife and I have taught him. Don't cheat, or lie among many others.   To read the beginning of your blog took me back to when my brothers and I did the same thing. We read boxscores daily, waited up late to see highlights on the news, collected cards (and crappy gum), had jerseys, helmets, stayed out until dark to recreate our own World Series, talked trash about each others teams and where they would finish in their divisions. We were dreamers and the dreams existed. Not to mention we cared (as you put it).  Who cares now about any record set batting avg. slugging percentages, era, etc.etc.etc? When something that used to be huge happens I find myself asking, " I wonder if he's juicing?" Are there really any dreams left? Is there anything outside of performing and money and the do whatever it takes attitude to get there. Screw everyone else. What's in it for me? It's very depressing. I'm just glad my late grandfather( Paw Paw) whom loved the game wasn't around for the coming out of the scandal.He passed away shortly after Mark and Sammy had their battle going. That's all he could talk about. He loved his Cards and was there for a lot of the historical homers. Nor did he get to see his Cards win their last World Series. It's probably best. He's in a better place and doesn't have to witness the demise of the game he so loved. We do though and at what cost? Our youth doesn't care why should we? Shame on you Bud Selig and shame on you MLB for letting it happen!

Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: March 17, 2008 11:37 am

The sad state of MLB!

Yes! Very fond memories of This Week in Baseball. TWIBs was the show to see and hear the all
the highlights, especially for me growing up with only basic cable. (ESPN was not part of our cable package
until 1991 or '92)

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: March 17, 2008 3:29 am

The sad state of MLB!

How many of you remember :This Week in Baseball", or "The Baseball Bunch" ? Used to have to wait all week to get updates on your favorite teams and players, now the internet makes those shows obsolete!

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2008 10:46 pm

The sad state of MLB!

Boy, you nailed that one on the head. I remember watching the game when I was a kid and most of the stars looked like they had never hit a gym let alone hit the roids, Fernando Valenzuela was a perfect example. And Oral Hershieser or however you spell it. Those dudes were the poster children for athlete ala natural. It was a lot more fun back then, wasn't it? Great thoughts Redbird!!

Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2008 12:03 pm

The sad state of MLB!

Well said.  In essence, I did the same things myself.  We bought the cards, hats, posters, anything with our heroes or favorite teams on it.  We watched the games on Saturdays or listened on the radio (no cable until I was grown).  I can remember it being an awesome year if a player had 35 HRs and 110 RBIs with a .275 BA.  Now days that might get you a 7th spot in the lineup.  I can remember when McGwire & Bonds both broke into the league, and they were both skinny a posts.  Now look at them; hell, look at any of them besides those two.  Most MLB players look like they could be in the WWE instead of on the diamond.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2008 2:22 am

The sad state of MLB!

I must be a bargain, because I can run an institution into the groung for slightly less than $100,000/yr. Might make me a pretty attractive choice as commish whan Selig is done don't you think?

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