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Feb 12 – Being Baseball: The New Reality Soap Opera?

ball-glove-png(Tampa, FL) – Maybe instead of being a soap opera the leagues can just pass a bar of soap around and just clean up its act.  And make sure the media is in the shower when it occurs.  Maybe its just me but it sure seems the endless media hounds digging up every possible story has reached epic proportions.

The latest is the Robbie Alomar AIDS fiasco (click here for details).    This is by no means an attempt to defend or condemn his actions or even confirm or deny the allegations or truth.  It just seems to never end and each day brings a new story to top the day before.   Not that football, with its several player involved shootings and violence over the past few years, or even hockey with Sean Avery’s dating life exposed blow-by-blow (no pun intended, well…maybe…) is any cleaner but baseball is on our minds now and tends to be a mainstream part of the American fabric and we just need a break.   That’s likely to require singular focus by the players, real leadership by the league management, owners and its supposed ‘players union’ as well as modest restraint by the media or an occasional return to the old ‘wink and a nod’ if a player is found to not be perfecto.

For sure this post or others won’t be the swaying factor to get this to stop but it would be interesting to hear what others think of the state of MLB or American sports in general as we traverse the even more depressing economic crisis of today.  Will it get worse?  Can we make it better?  Are fans to blame as well?  I heard that on talk radio this week.  Yes it seems the fans were the driver for the players to take steroids.  Huh?  A little too parochial in my mind for that media host (in this case ESPN’s Michael Kay) to pontificate that the fans have equal blame in these guys doing drugs.

And it is not that the fans want to return to a fantasy world where they pretend there are no problems and players are gods.  For sure the stories of legends in the past, in terms of drinking or violence, are there and real and in various forms and bring their own color to the problem.  But the details of any player  today just seem to be enormous and overwhelming at times and I hope it stops soon enough.   I think I read one blog that supposed that if it came out that Jeter took steroids we would probably just shut down baseball since the fans (all fans, Yankees or not) would never recover.

Again in a few weeks we can actually post box scores and disect and debate whether Girardi should have sacrificed or hit and run in the third inning of the game of the day.  Sounds good no?


One Response

  1. Fans to blame?!? That’s outlandish! The facts are, players are greedy and they’re looking for the most money possible. How do you do that? You put up monster stats! How do you put up monster stats when you’re a slightly above average player? You juice. Fans to blame! I’ll say this, if Babe Ruth were playing today he’d be in the paper way more than A-Rod and you’d never see him crying about how badly he feels like Mr. Tejada…The difference is this: Ruth would be out in the club and bringing home more women than Jeter, but he wouldn’t be CHEATING AT HIS JOB! Should the press lighten up, absolutely not! These players wanted the money, they wanted to play in markets like NY where the money is available, then you know what, their lives — esp. when it concerns their professional lives — should be subject to every question possible! We never see guys like Jeter, we NEVER saw guys like Maddux in this predicament…AND THEY’RE HALL OF FAMERS! I side with Roy Oswalt on this one — cheaters are cheaters and deserve to be called out. I may have forgotten my original point here — but it was probably something along the lines of this: Blaming the fans is the biggest cop-out I’ve EVER heard! Baseball should blame itself on EVERY level, players, managers, leadership included.

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