I’ll share the blame…
David Funk, a good friend of mine from the Sporting News community, has been posting some of the best blog entries that Sporting News members have written over the years on his World Blogging Entertainment site. I’ve decided to dig in my archives and bring you the first entry that was printed in the Sporting News Magazine’s “Your Turn” section. Without further ado, I present you my piece on the steroids scandal.
Apr 02, 2006
…I won’t take as much as Barry Bonds (or any of the other juicers), Selig, MLBPA, Conte, or the numerous trainers, managers, owners, teammates or competitors should, but I’ll still take some nonetheless. How many fans have said to themselves or others, “look at Bonds and Sosa when they came into the league, and look at them now”? A lot of us. I’ve heard it on talk radio, at sportsbars, on message boards. We suspected it, but nobody really raised a stink until now…when some of the most hallowed record are already shattered or are on their way to being shattered. Baseball needed something after the strike in 1994. Baseball fans needed something to. Along came 1998. McGwire and Sosa. Homers galore. Baseball is back. I must admit that I was among those who started to care more about baseball again during that year. So for that I take some of the blame.
However, there is more blame to be given to fans…I’m just not one who needs to accept it. The fan that demands to see a bunch of homers. Not just homers….moon shots. That’s all they seem to care about. I’ll take a pitcher’s duel and some slick fielding and timely hits. Throw in a homer or two and I’ll be happy, but it’s not necessary. Highlights also have some of the blame. Not sure if it’s the TV’s fault or the viewers, but every homer seems to be showcased in the highlight reels. Heck, Baseball Tonight shows a recap of the homers.
Bottom line is that there is lots of blame to go around. I’ll take some.