From an article with the headline “Next generation must restore baseball’s purity“:
THE DAY after Alex Rodriguez’s disillusioning steroids admission, local top baseball prospect Jason Castro was at Canyon Middle School speaking to a group of about 200 youngsters about the importance of education, the rewards of hard work and the dangers of poor associations.
He was talking to the same kinds of kids, presumably, whom A-Rod now says he wants to advise and help now that he’s rediscovered honesty, accountability and his conscience.
Sorry, Alex, but you’ve had your chance and you blew it. Please leave it to the young guys now, OK? If the sanctity of Major League Baseball is to be restored, it’ll be the next generation of players, not the ever-growing cast of tarnished stars, that does it.
Emphasis supplied. And now some definitional assistance:
Pure: (adjective) 1. free from what vitiates, weakens, or pollutes; 2. containing nothing that does not properly belong; 3. free from moral fault or guilt;
Sanctity: (noun) 1. holiness of life and character; 2. : the quality or state of being holy or sacred : inviolability
Restore: (transitive verb) 1. to give back; return; 2. to put or bring back into existence or use 3. to bring back to or put back into a former or original state
Someone please point me to a single time in the game’s history where purity and sanctity existed, and if you can’t, please explain to me how a state of affairs which never existed can possibly be “restored.”
The steroid era has brought about enough problems which need to be fixed as it is. Why make the job harder by setting the goal so unreasonably and unprecedentedly high?