There are plenty of sure things in life, and unless you live in San Francisco, one of them is ‘Barry Bonds deserves an asterisk.’ And today… perhaps an asterisk in the name of baseball? It is a dark day in Mudville; Casey not only struck out but went on a Roid Rampage through the grandstands injuring 25 and killing 4… I’m not sure how many names, but there are some greats, All-Stars and MVP’s – Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Miguel Tejada, Gary Sheffield, Andy Pettitte, and Paul Lo Duca. I think it goes without saying, their careers and legacies are shot. My first reaction was surprise at Roger Clemens, but that only showed how little I cared. To be honest, I didn’t pay enough attention to baseball to notice this guy’s miraculous plus 40’s comeback, and exponentially larger physique and head. I lost faith in baseball a long time ago.
There was a time when baseball was an obsession; where my head was filled with obscene levels of useless facts and statistics. Then the ’94 strike. Strike 1
After baseball, the only thing that could fill such a large void in the life of an eleven year old boy, Star Wars… Later turned out to be very uncool – thanks dad. Strike 2
The waning of Star Wars coincided with a new waxing of baseball, the Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa homerun chase. Around the same time, they were beginning to build Miller Park in Milwaukee, and I was beginning to understand the economics of it. Strike 3.
So let’s be honest here, there’s no shock factor. The Mitchell Report – The full report – and it’s action packed with scandal, but what professional sports team doesn’t have a team of doctors and trainers with the singular purpose of enhancing the players performance? So what’s the issue?