Thursday, November 15, 2007
Everyone had to see this coming. And no, I am not surprised--but it still hurts. Big Time.
Today's Indictment of Barry Bonds on Perjury and Obstruction of Justice Charges--Officially Marks much of the past decade of Professional Baseball--AS A JOKE. This is not a pretty sight. Sure, its been rumored for some time, and written about in the terrific book--Game of Shadows. But now--The Current All Time Home Run King is, Officially, alleged to have lied about taking Steroids. Legal proceedings are beginning against him. Like those players exposed already and certainly more to come in the future--without any more doubt--Baseball OFFICIALLY turned its back on a serious problem in the mid-90's--in order to regain market share after a DEVASTATING STRIKE in 1994.
And, to Rake in The Big Bucks.
The Players are not all to blame here.
For Glory, Fame & Riches--Baseball Fans were duped.
Now--Major League Baseball looks foolish. And, we all must suffer.
Players Cheated--The Baseball Establishment allowed it to happen.
As of today--November 15, 2007--Major League Baseball is a FAR lesser game.
No American Sport so rich in History.
No American Sport so tied to its very own Statistics.
No American Sport now so saddled with its Record Book in Disarray.
Never again can ANY TEAM from past or future decades of Major League Baseball be compared to teams from the last 10 Years. That's a shame. Never again can Baseball Fans enjoy conversation over who was The Better Hitter? Who was The Better Team? Or, Who was The Better Player?--when it comes to baseball's performers over the past ten years.
For Years and Decades to come--the arguments will rage. Do you erase records and statistics by those that were caught? Or, do you allow those tainted marks to stand?
There is no real answer. Because--if you expunge any record, by any individual who may have cheated--you must wipe out EACH AND EVERY GAME PLAYED over a certain period of time. Baseball is too intertwined. Any outcome on the field--is affected by more than just one dirty player. That's the truth. Never, could anyone come to a reasonable conclusion on this fact.
Unless Major League Baseball wipes out most of the past decade of Major League Seasons--EVERY SINGLE RECORD--even those of Barry Bonds--will have to stand. Fans will have to live with these falsehoods--whether they like it or not--which I certainly don't. The Dishonesty over most of the past ten years--tears into the very fabric of the game itself.
Yes--An Asterisk should be placed next to Bonds' records--whether he's convicted, or not. But, Major League Baseball needs to place an asterisk, as well, over each and every one of its own Championship Seasons since the mid to late 1990's. Nothing short of that--will really be telling the truth!!
What A Shameful Day for Major League Baseball. Their House--So Out Of Order--to allow this to FESTER. Commissioner Selig--this happened on Your Watch!! And, you only seemed to care--when The Federal Government threatened your owners. What a farce.
Like most everyone--my head has not been in the sand on The Issue of Steroids. No, I have not been in denial. The Tragedy of its rampant use in the game I love, has bothered me for some time. And Now--the Most Treasured Of Baseball Records of My Favorite Sport--will NEVER BE THE SAME.
Sorrowful--is the only way to describe my feelings this evening.
Yet, The Indictment of Barry Bonds does allow for one Major Step to Begin--Finally--after so much pain.
The Healing of The Great Game.