Saturday, December 04, 2004

My cup runneth over..with news on the juice.

I have been hooked by the steroid scandal. I can't stop reading the columns and editorials on the various sites. My previous post on this explained my position. Giambi is a cheater. I think that Bonds is a cheater. I think that there should be intense fan outrage about this and we will see how many other teams are hit with a similar scandal. At this point I would think that any major leaguers out there still on the juice will be getting their shit straight because by the beginning of next season there will and should be some serious drug testing in the league. But not everyone agrees with me in my outrage simply because these things have always happened. The always brilliant (even when I don't agree with what he has to say) Mr Peter Gammons had this to say over at ESPN.Com.

The problem is that this is not about athletics for the sake of athletics. It's business, big bucks, doing whatever it takes. It is comical to read outraged comments about "cheaters." There are anywhere from four to 10 pitchers in the Hall of Fame who cheated in some form or another; Gaylord Perry wrote a book about it. The 1951 Giants cheated to help them win the Miracle of Coogan's Bluff. Corked bats predate the Eisenhower administration. Do we want to get into amphetamines? How many players damaged their eyes or their stomachs with red juice in the 1960s and 1970s? Yeah, sure, those 340-pound 17-year olds out there at the top of the Rivals College Football Recruiting Charts all got there because of Wheaties. Why do you think "Playmakers" so upset the NFL? The truth hurts. Did all those 280-pound power forwards in the NBA get that way drinking Ovaltine?

And I suppose I would agree if I had lived through those scandals but right now this is a bigger scandal than 1994, bigger than Pete Rose, and bigger than Sammy Sosa's corked bat. This scandal puts the home run explosion into question. All of it, every player and forever throws doubt on their numbers. But that is all big picture stuff. What can Giambi do now? Buster Olney tells it.

You'll walk down the runway leading to the dugout, and in your heart, you won't even know if you're a good player any more. You batted .342 in 2001, sure, but that's when you were taking steroids. You led the Yankees in RBI in 2002, batted .314, were the star of new YES Network. But that's when you were taking steroids. Then you hit .250 in 2003, your left knee buckling as you swung the bat. Patellar tendinitis, a prime steroid symptom; it's the runny nose of steroids. Your knee bothered you so much that you failed to start in Game 5 of the World Series -- a moment when you lost the respect of many of your teammates.

Let's see how this shakes out. Major league baseball has a huge problem right now with more angles to it than PR. By and large the fans of baseball want to see HR's more than they care how the bodies were built to hit them. The league now has to worry about congress...

"To restore the integrity of baseball, Commissioner Selig and Don Fehr must meet immediately -- not merely by spring training as the commissioner has promised -- and agree to implement a drug-testing policy that is at least as stringent as the one observed by the minor league program," McCain said in a Friday statement.

McCain added in a Washington Post interview that "I'll give them until January, and then I'll introduce legislation."

It is unclear how much support such a proposal would have in Congress -- the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., complained last year that McCain's idea would rewrite baseball's collective bargaining agreement.
I am scared about any government involvement in baseball but I do think that a real drug policy on testing needs to be written and enforced in a big way next season so that the cheaters can be weeded out and bring back the integrity of the hard working players out there.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Juicy Juice.

Cheater. Posted by Hello

Yeah that's right I said it --cheater. The whole thing is wrong on so many levels. I tried talking to some people at work today who I thought would be backing me up on this in outrage and disgust but were indifferent to its effect on the game and to the legacy of Jason Giambi. Juiced. Cyclin'. You know that stuff will shrink your nads right?

Babe Ruth didn't need steroids to hit 60 HRs. Teddy Ballgame didn't need "the cream" to hit over .400. Joe DiMaggio didn't need "the clear" to hit in 56 consecutive.

This would piss me off just as much if it was Johnny Damon, or Manny, or David Ortiz maybe more so. Taking steroids and growth hormones is against the rules. Whether it is running out of the basebaths or taking drugs the rules are not flexible though punishment may be. Vaseline ain't allowed on a ball cap and syringes ain't allowed in your ass cheek.

Rules infraction or not the fact that they are illegal in itself erases any defense that he thought these substances may technically not be a violation; a luxury Mark Mcgwire had. The very fact that he used them during a time when he was showing big hitting numbers puts Giambi's legacy and hall of fame bid in jeopardy.

This morning I was thinking about all of the parents of kids who love Jason Giambi are going to have to explain to them that their hero didn't have enough respect for the rules to play by them. That he is a big cheater. Make no mistake that is the name for it --cheating and whether you are a Yankees fan or a Red Sox fan you know it. I do have to admit though that it does amuse me a little bit that it had to happen to someone on the Yankees. Last weekend my father-in-law was giving me a hard time for being a fan of those "ragtag nitwits with the goofy hair." He likes to say things to get a rise out of me when it comes to baseball and now I have an even better response than "nitwits with rings!!"

It seems to me fitting that the clean cut boys in the pinstripes are hit first. This will become a big issue and will probably reach every team but it was the guys who aren't even allowed to grow facial hair who get tainted with this first. Its a shame that there's no way to tell just how frozen over hell is these days.

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Guess who's still enjoying the brand new high speed connection.

The Dubya Movie.

Link Via the Defectives Yeti, brilliant might even be understating a bit.

The End of Ze World.

"Those Chinese sons of a bitches are going down."

Had my father and I near tears we were laughing so hard.

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Holiday weekend recap - (short version)

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. My mom and dad have all the family over and we spend the day eating, drinking wine, and reminiscing; all the while getting louder and louder as the day goes on. This year was no different. The Wife and I had to take more than a few advils at the end of that day.

Friday we hit the road for New Jersey to spend the rest of the weekend with The Wife's family. A second Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday afternoon followed by a rousing game of Trivial Pursuit: The 90's (in which The Wife and I kicked ass!) The In-laws thanksgiving holiday is a little more calm than my family's but it still wore up out and as cute as my nieces are, their high pitched squeals tend to get more and more aggravating after 8 hours.

Today we got up around 8:30 so we could be on the road early. By 9:30 we had said all our goodbyes and were on our way. No traffic at all. Anyone familiar with driving I-95 through Connecticut knows what a good deal that is. We got home in plenty of time to unpack and relax before the Patriots game. (Ravens 3, Pats 24) A bit hectic but all holiday weekends are so I have no complaints.