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Friday, October 30, 2009
Pearlman on McGwireJeff Pearlman brings the Mark McGwire sanctimony:
Worst of all, however, McGwire was a baseball thief. At the very moment his 341-foot home run landed behind the outfield fence, he robbed Roger Maris of the most important record in professional sports. He robbed the Maris family of future income from 61-related merchandising and events. He robbed the Hall of Fame -- which swooped up McGwire memorabilia as if it were free Twinkies -- of its credibility, he robbed those fans who spent hundreds of dollars for a ticket in order to witness history and he robbed thousands upon thousands of kids of a seemingly genuine role model.
Pearlman often writes how disgusted he is with what baseball has become. I can't help but think that if he hadn't had such a ridiculously idealistic notion of what it was in the first place, he never would have crashed so hard to begin with.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 2:56pm
Alex K said...
The 1919 Black Sox called, they want to explain the impact on the outcome that gambling can have.
To me, steroids are the same as doctoring the ball. They give you whatever advantage they can, but they won’t turn anyone into a better baseball player. Maybe you will hit the ball further, and throw a little harder but they will not enhance skill. Steroids are not going to turn Gabe Kapler into Mickey Mantle.
It seems clear that neither on of us is going to change their minds on the subject. I think it’s time to say nice discussion, and we need to agree to disagree.
Posted 11/04 at 09:13 AM