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The Blame Game? Really?

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Does anyone want to share with me
a possible legitimate reason for former MLB trainers coming out and slandering
a former player’s name? Maybe I’m a little out of touch sitting at a computer
desk in the snowy, snowy northeast, but I don’t see what anyone could possibly gain
from publicly “blowing the whistle.”

 

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Let’s be honest here. Brian McNamee and Kirk
Radomski
are nobodys.

 

Maybe they face a little trouble
with the law for possession of steroids and they want to take someone down with
them. Maybe they are taking all the blame for a steroids ring and they want to
point the finger in another direction. Or maybe they have realized that they
are culturally irrelevant to baseball and they want to make a name – albeit a
bad one – for themselves. Either way you slice it, they’re both cowards and
they don’t deserve to be written about.

 

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It’s no secret that I could care
less about baseball players taking steroids, let alone former players. My question to you, though, is this: If Bud Selig is so dead-set on removing steroids from
baseball, why is all the media attention revolving around former players?

 

Whatever happened with David Justice, Dwight Gooden,
Mark McGwire, Roger
Clemens
and Barry Bonds happened a long
time ago in baseball years. All Selig can do now is humiliate them and take
away a possible Hall-of-Fame enshrinement, which is not really that big of a
punishment. Selig can’t remove the games that they played from history.

 

If Bud really wants to punish
someone and make a difference, he would focus on players who are still on a
Major League roster and take games away from their career. Denying a potential
Hall-of-Famer absolution really makes no impact on the game itself and it
upsets more fans than it does players.

 

So why do trainers who aren’t so
much as a blip on the baseball radar feel the need to do this? Why any of us
ever feel the need to do this?

 

If you’re that miserable with
your own life it’s just plain cowardice to blame other people. We are all
responsible for our own lives and our own mistakes and we need to accept that
responsibility.

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Another Day At The Ballpark

Well, it looks like it’s shaping up to be another day at the ballpark in Major League Baseball this off-season. For some reason, football is boring to me this year, so all I have is the hope of winter transactions to keep me going until Christmas.

Here’s what I’ve gathered so far:

1. Surprise, surprise, the Yankees are after another big-time free agent.

What’s that? They’re not just trying to sign CC Sabathia? You mean they might make offers to A.J. Burnett and Derek Lowe too? And they’re looking to trade for Jake Peavy?

Umm… WHAT?!?

Ok. This is getting ridiculous. I know how much Jane loves her Yankees and who can blame her? But do you all understand that Hank and Cash are destroying the game? They’re going to keep driving up the price on players until the collective salary of their AAA team is higher than the Royals’.
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Would it make Hank feel better if the Yankees were the ONLY team in the league and they win the world series every year by default. Sometimes I think that’s what they’re going for. The will to win is respectable and the Yankees certainly have that, but this is getting out of control. I wonder is Abner Doubleday (right) is rolling over in his grave yet.

2. Bud Selig has determined that he is going to be “cautious” about extending instant replay in the future. As of right now, replay can only be used on homruns to determine whether the ball was over the fence or not, fair or foul and if there was fan interference.

I’m a baseball purist just like you, Bud, and I’m glad replay was accepted, it was just time. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. Baseball officials have determined that there were plays in the world series that warrant further use of replay; Rocco Baldelli falsely being awarded first base even though he was not hit by a pitch, and Jimmy Rollins being called safe although he was clearly tagged on the derier.

Since it’s inception in late August, instant replay has been used 16 times. So instant replay, which was supposed to be a huge time waster, added a grand total of about 45 minutes to the 2008 season. Big deal. Get the calls right.

3. It’s almost Thanksgiving and for some reason, football (even the Steelers), is boring me to tears. ‘m holding on to the possibility of some early winter transactions to keep be going and so far… Not much.

What gives?

Aside from some awards, a few big offers, the Matt Holliday trade and a whole lot of rumors, absolutely nothing has happened, yet. So here’s my plan to get the ball rolling:

manny3.jpgManny, you’re gonna pick a team, I don’t care who. (preferably Philadelphia) But no matter who, I’m not gonna be mad. Just pick one. The rest of baseball is waiting to see what happens with you before they make their moves, so keep it moving.

The Yankees have until Friday to pick ONE free agent, and one free agent only. Whoever that may be gets ALL THE MONEY! But enough of this offering contracts to everyone available just to keep other teams away. Quit hogging all the potato chips!

Clearly I’m bored. Clearly I’m frustrated so please, someone, give me something to write about before I have a hissy fit over here!

~ SL

In other news: The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Diego Padres 11-10 yesterday in a wild finish… Oh wait, correction, that was the Pittsburgh STEELERS who defeated the San Diego CHARGERS 11-10… My bad.