Wednesday, August 4, 2010
A-Fraud socks his 600th Homer
When I was a young, naive baseball fan, I would actually be excited about this event. I love baseball history, and seeing Rodriguez do something that only a handful of other baseball players have done, would have had me glued to my television. Today, I just didn't really care. Steroids raped the game of its innocence, and in a lot of ways it ruined aspects of the game for me.
Lets take a trip back to the year of 1998. The Padres won the pennant, and I was captivated by the Home Run race between Mark Mcgwire and Sammy Sosa. I'd watch every single game I could, and I watched Baseball Tonight to get my fix. I felt privileged to see the greatest record in sports be smashed, and both players were very classy. Now I look back at that year with contempt.
Not only were those two guys on the juice, but at least two players(Wally Joyner & Ken Caminiti) from that NL champion Padre team confessed to cheating. I also have suspicion of Greg Vaughn who hit 50 bombs that year. The game became an absolute joke.
Which brings me back to A-Fraud. The guy stepped into the game, and won a batting title very early in his career. He didn't need steroids to make him great. What it turned him into was a slugging shortstop unlike the game has ever seen. He owes much of it to cheating. The money, the MVP's, the flat-chested blonde's he's so fond of. None of it matters though, A-Fraud will never sniff the Hall of Fame. The only thing that matters to A-Fraud is money. Enjoy it, and thanks for pissing on the game I love.
Posted by Kevin Charity at 11:54 PM