Posted on: March 24, 2012 9:38 am

Why I dislike Braun even more now...

When the news first broke that Ryan Braun used steroids and would be punished with a suspension I found myself saying, "Good, he deserves to be punished." I had a slightly lowered opinion of Braun but my view on him wasn't in the gutter. He still had passed many other tests and has had a very successful career which has presumably been mostly without the assistance of steroids.

However, when I got news that Braun was "innocent" my opinion of him plummeted. In the days and weeks that followed my opinion of the guy gets lower and lower. I find myself asking "why do I think less of a guy who 'beat' the allegations against him." I think I finally understand why after all these weeks I dislike Braun more and more with each passing day. It's because people inherently like to see justice. We walk through our daily lives with the Meritocratic view of life that "if you do good you will be rewarded and if you do bad you will be punished." There is a certain serenity in punishment, a certain balance to life that it provides. 

In the case of Braun there will be no punishment. He won on a technicality, a glitch in the procedural guidelines that underscore the testing policy in Maor League Baseball. The fact that a guy used steroids, won an MVP, and got away scott free. Frankly, it pisses me off. It pisses me off that a guy cheated and will suffer no penalty for his actions. What I guess pisses me off even more is the way Braun approaches this. Namely, "with the idea that a technicality is a victory for him." He seems to believe that because proper procedure wasn't used that means he's vindicated on his use of steroids. We all know he did it. Yet, he threw the drug tester under the bus for not using the "proper" method. Yet he calls into question the integrity of the inspector despite not a single piece of evidence of impropriety by the inspector. To me, that's pure scum. That's a guy that broke the rules and is willing to hurt innocent people to protect himself.

Here's what needs to happen for me to forgive him. Braun needs to publicly apologize to the inspector. Braun needs to openly admit that he did not vindicate himself but instead won on a technicality. Braun needs to stop blaming others, and take responsibility for his actions. At that point I may view him in a better light, until then he's.....well he's every eplitive imaginable.

I know this is a post that is "past due" but it's been bothering me for a while now, and I had to vent.   
Category: MLB
Tags: Braun
Posted on: October 7, 2009 11:16 am

Mickey Mantle NEVER HIT a 600+ Foot HR

The legend out there that Mickey Mantle hit several 600+ foot homeruns is a complete fallacy. I almost got into a brawl in a restaurant over this. A die-hard Yankee fan believed I was calling him a liar. I'm not trying to call anyone a liar but there are multiple reasons why Mickey Mantle NEVER CAME CLOSE to a 600ft. HR:

1. Weight training wasn't around.
2. Baseballs weren't as solid (he played in the dead-ball era).
3. Pitchers didn't throw as hard.
4. People with faster bat speed have not hit balls even close to 600ft. (e.g. Steroid-ridden Mark McGwire vs. Randy Johnson's 100MPH fastball didn't go 600ft).
5. Genetic Evolution naturally makes athletes stronger/faster today than in the past (e.g. every speed/strength record has been shattered by modern athletes)(none today come close to 600ft). 

Category: MLB
Posted on: September 18, 2009 3:28 am
Edited on: September 18, 2009 3:30 am

Cal Ripken: The Man, The Legend, The Abuse...

I heard a rumor that Ripken did steroids in the mid 90's.... no wonder why he had so much stamina for consequtive games. I have a friend who went to see Spring Training when Ripken was allegedly at the height of his steroid abuse.... Any other comments that can shed light on this are welcome...

Category: MLB
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