Another day, another scandal of PED use in the MLB. Your typical baseball day in the good old US of A right?. How sad is it that I can write that without any remorse, without so much as a flinch in my fingertips?
The MLB has been plagued with PED users and scandal since BIG Mac and Sammy Sosa were battling it out in the 1998 Home run race. Some would even say the biggest blow from this steroid era is the lack of punishment from upper management. Yea, that’s right Bud Selig, you haven’t done shizzz to help ameliorate the situation. (I dare not say “solve’ because this problem will never be solved the rate its going). You really think a suspension is getting through these balloon heads? Or are the millions and millions of dollars not burning enough in your pockets?
The biggest, perhaps hugest, BLOW to the game isn’t the players, isn’t the business, it’s heart. This never-ending steroid era has sucked out everything what was once good in the game, the game we love to call our “Pastime.”
But is it still “America’s Pastime?” Never once has the thought crossed my minds that “America’s Pastime” may no longer be “America’s Pastime.” A game now filled with players, players we trusted and adored that are tearing down the heart and soul of a game with lies and deceit, a game we cherish and love so much in this country. A country’s beloved sport that was proudly built upon the freedom, hard work and independence of the common man is now a sport we can no longer look to for future comfort, only in its rich past of players breaking records in an honest good-hearted fashion.
The real beauty behind the sport of Baseball is what it represents to every American, to the country: It is US. (Hahaha United States, get it?). What we were, what we are and what we want to become. America is Baseball. Baseball has grown with the country and has seen it through thick and thin, good and bad, giving Americans comfort during times of national hardship and loss, evoking more nostalgia among Americans than any other sport, a democratic sport played by the common man, by US. So when one of US betrays the trust of the entire country, there is unfortunately damage that can’t be undone.
(What went wrong Roger Maris, what went wrong??)
So here is the million dollar question: Is the pure innocence of the sport forever lost? Can we ever get back to our pastime?
In all honesty, probably not. When situations like Ryan Braun and A-rod emerge, we can only hang our heads in shame and hope for a better tomorrow for Baseball because this is no longer taboo, it is the norm. PEDs are the norm. What the hell…..
The only thing we can do is truly shame those players that lie and cheat the sport, the players who are making our nation’s sport a mockery, ultimately making the country a mockery. This sucks……
As a baseball fan, all you can do is hope for the best in these type of situations and as the Ken Burns ‘Baseball’ Documentary says in the concluding 10th inning series, ‘We move forward.’ As Americans, we move forward and try to remember all that was good in the game….and still is.
There are still players out there who are honest, forthright….and don’t take freakin’ PEDs to play the game well, who remind us that Baseball is still America’s sport despite all the selfish (and stupid) actions of some players.
We love Baseball and we will never let it slip away from our fingers. So Bud Selig, get it together…kick out those players who test positive for those Hercules drugs, strip away those players any awards or recognitions they have received during their PED use and shame them. Shaming a baseball player and forever taking away the game he has loved since he was a child is punishment enough.