Monday, February 9, 2009
You Can't Sweep This Under the Rug
Anyone who knows me knows I'm not an A-fraud fan or apologist. Ive delighted in 5 solid years of suckery by him in pinstripes. From Tek putting his glove in Gay-Rods grill to the bitchiest play ever seen in baseball, "the slap heard round the world", I have been rooting for the frosted tip dickless wonder to fail, and have been richly rewarded. But even I have to call shenanigans on this outing of his 2003 positive steroid test.
Don't get me wrong, I still think taking steroids is cheating(Steroids ARE against the rules and the law, pretty clear. We can debate whether that should be the case some other time.). And though Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have shown that even some of the best players in history will resort to drugs to continue their careers, theres something about Arod getting outed that shocked me. He was the guy everyone was expecting to clear the taint from the home run record when he passed Bonds in a couple years. Now, you cynical fucks will call me naive for thinking Arod didn't "juice" but I guarantee every one of you said the same thing. As much as I like seeing him fail in the clutch and in the playoffs, even I admit the guy was a regular season monster. A pure numbers machine who you could at least respect for consistent production, even if he does like "mannish blonde women".
So what this comes down to for me is this: I want this steroids thing to be over. The guessing, the accusations, the denials, all of it is distracting and doesn't actually help anyone except bloodsucking journalists who feed off the strife and misery of their fellow humans. Curt Schilling is right, this is bullshit that only Arod gets outed from this list. I want to see the whole list, and I don't care if David Ortiz, Mike Lowell and Trot Nixon are on it. Sunshine is the best disinfectant and it is the only thing that will begin to clean up this mess that MLB and the Players Association have created. MLB sat back and reaped record profits as their biggest stars cheated their way into the record books while the MLBPA protected the cheaters from consequences at the expense of the vast majority of their members. Every executive, labor official and yes, player has done wrong here. In fact, the only people who have come clean have done so under threat of jail time, until Arod. And Ill give him credit for that. But I want to know who else is hiding something, and frankly, I don't give a shit what the agreement for drug testing was in '03. There is only one solution to this crisis, and its the one I said when all this bullshit started like 5 years ago: Wipe the records clean and start over, testing every player, every month, every season. You cant trust anyone involved in this as far as you can throw them.