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March 26, 2008

A-Rod and Yankees don’t think Canseco’s new book will be a distraction

Filed under: Sports — disciplepete @ 5:04 pm

Ahh, I love Jose Canseco. For those who don’t follow sports, Canseco is a former baseball player (a darn good one at that) who wrote a book which blew the whistle on steroid use in baseball. People called him a liar and tried to discredit him (the media had long ago created a “bad boy” image for him), but subsequent events only proved him to be telling the truth about steroid use, and many players have subsequently been humiliated, banished from the game, and/or have had their Hall of Fame credentials questioned.

Now Canseco has a new book coming out and points the finger at the biggest target remaining: Alex Rodriguez (aka A-Rod).  Canseco says A-Rod asked him where to get steroids, and that Canseco introduced A-Rod to a steroids dealer. A-Rod is the best offensive player in baseball today and possibly ever; it’s projected that he’ll shatter the significant records before he retires. Tellingly, he is not denying Canseco’s accusations:

“It’s over as far as I’m concerned,” Rodriguez said Wednesday after his New York Yankees lost 4-0 to the Philadelphia Phillies. “No further comment on the matter. I’m just excited to be playing baseball.” (Yahoo)

I really don’t care if he took roids or not. The whole scandal is a joke to me, really much ado about nothing. It’s just interesting that arguably the best hitter ever, Barry Bonds, has been vilified because of the scandal, and now his heir apparent, A-Rod, is not denying Canseco’s so far very credible allegations. I just hope people will come to accept that the steroid shit is way overblown; from my (a fan’s) perspective, steroids don’t make a good ballplayer, and players are always looking for an edge. I just don’t see what the big deal is.

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3 Comments »

  1. Here’s what the big deal is… steroids are a lot more than an edge. Baseball is a game of attritrion. You play day after day and for most the grind means human numbers by the end of the year. With steriods, you recover quicker and suddenly guys are able to put up numbers that make a mockery of what the best of the best sweated and toiled to achieve honestly.

    What do you say to Roger Maris’ family who watched as he was villefied for having the bad manners to not be Mickey Mantle while breaking the Babe’s home run record when his record is passed time and again by guys doing it only by cheating.

    I think you are off base here. Either everyone should legally be able to use performance enhancing drugs (not gonna happen for a lot of reasons) or those that get caught should deal with the punishment they deserve.

    Barry Bonds wasn’t better than Willie Mays before steriods and yet now there’s a whole generation of baseball fans who look at the numbers and don’t understand that. Nice way for Barry to treat his godfather!

    PS – I’m really not as old or cranky as I sound…

    Comment by tidewaterjackson — March 26, 2008 @ 6:59 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks for the reply. I take issue with the idea that in the past, numbers were achieved honestly (which you didn’t say outright, but is implied). For example, how can we accept Babe Ruth’s numbers as legitimate when he didn’t have to face the best competition (since Black athletes were excluded during his time?) He and many, many other players who are now considered legends were protected from facing the full range of competition by segregation. The point I’m making is that much of baseball’s past is no more legitimate than the steroid era (and I believe the segregated era stats are less legitimate).

    If Mays played today, who knows, he might have juiced. Or he may not have. But we certainly can’t rule it out. This leads to my next point: I think it’s pretty fruitless to compare players of today with players from decades ago. Just a different zeitgeist in the game. Nutrition, weight training, medicine, attitudes, laws…things have changed, the game has evolved (or devolved, depending on your opinion).

    Again, thanks for contributing your two cents. We can agree to disagree. =)

    Comment by disciplepete — March 26, 2008 @ 7:37 pm | Reply


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