And yet, you don’t surprise me.
MLB can do nothing about evidence showing that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in 2003. That is a shame.
It is a shame that we as fans are expected to root for cheaters. Nearly 101 years of Cubs baseball without a World Championship. Were we victims of cats, over zealous fans and straight up chokes…or an entire league filled with cheaters giving them the advantage over us. Sosa would be the first Cub people would come up with as far as a player who may have used and they’d suggest that we too had our fair share of players that have used performance enhancing substances throughout the steroid era. Cork has been proven, but that’s about it on Sosa. No other Cub has really come up in these talks over the past few years yet I wouldn’t be surprised if some names turn up over time. Of course Palmiero came up time and again and he spent some years as a Cub and I can’t say I’m positive no other Cub has ever used. I just hope that the whole steroids-in-baseball-thing ends here with A-Rod. And of course, anyone that hasn’t already been mentioned that may be listed among the other 103 players included in this, up until now, confidential testing from 2003.
Wouldn’t that be great. Wouldn’t it be great if we’ve heard all the names, or at least have all the names, and we could put an end to doubting what we see before us. To be able to believe in the purity of the achievements we see day in and day out on the field, throughout this season and every seasons that follows. To know that whatever amazing stats are posted, were earned and achieved on pure physical ability and never doubted otherwise. To know that once the Cubs hoist the trophy in the middle of Chicago in a World Series parade, that no Cub on the team cheated and the team earned it fair and square. That would be a great thing.
As of now, I feel like these fluke occurrences (Bartman) and supernatural oddities (goat, cat) weren’t the only things that have provided Cub fans with heartache. It’s these cheaters, like A-Rod. Those who succumbed to the pressure of performing at a certain level that their bodies couldn’t deliver. Those who felt the need to live up to contract deals that their overall ability could never justify. Nearly 101 years of no titles for the Cubs, because of people like A-Rod. Disgusting. And MLB says they can’t do anything about it.
What a shame.
You know what though, on the other hand, so what. We all know Bonds cheated and his records are forever tarnished. Now, A-Rod, the guy that was supposed to pass Bonds and clear the top of the lists in the record books of asterisks comes with one giant, glaring one of his own. MLB doesn’t have to do anything to A-Rod. We already know he cheated and from now on, he’ll just be another cheater in baseball fans’ eyes.
To say steroids is a part of baseball is possibly a true statement, but it is a shame. I suppose it’s also human nature to cheat and try to achieve as much as you can whether you have earned it or not. You know what though, human nature also allows for those of us who are better than that, to decide to not go down that road and rise above it. We can all think of things that would progress us further and faster in our own careers. That doesn’t mean we have to do it. You can be the top paid guy on the totem pole (maybe not $252 million) and still not give in to cheating. It’s too bad all we have to play the game are imperfect human beings. The game deserves better than that. We as fans deserve better than that. And MLB, as one of your biggest fans, right now I hope you realize that your response is as disgusting as A-Rod’s actions. No action is not good enough. You need to be better than that.
With pitchers and catchers reporting this week, Spring is on the way. Hill and Wuertz have been sent away. The team is nearly officially sold to the Ricketts family and naming rights, Peavy and the team’s official roster are still up in the air. I have plenty to talk about regarding all of these things. For today though, as a fan, baseball’s let me down again. And for now, that’s all I really feel like saying.