I’ll share the blame…

Jun 22, 2008

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.

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4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    June 22nd, 2008 at 1:04 pm #

    That was good. I did get cought up by McGuire/Sosa too, But I came back in 2005 with Cal Ripkins streak.
    Myself there is nothing like slick defense. Hit and run plays
    stretching out a double into a triple and a bang bang play at the plate.

  2. LestersLegends
    June 22nd, 2008 at 1:07 pm #

    larry – great baseball plays. it’s so much more than just HRs

  3. David Funk
    June 22nd, 2008 at 1:11 pm #

    I remember that one Ryan. And you’re correct, we as fans have to shoulder a small part of the blame for that. I was a huge Sosa fan for those years because I like the Cubs, but did have my suspicions about him towards the end of his time in Chicago. My brother liked McGwire because he’s a Cards fan, so that brought us both back to the game in 1998.

    It was a time when baseball desperately needed a spark and those two led the way. Unfortunately, it’s that spark that also made me care about baseball again only to see it cast a dark shadow around the game in the long haul. It’s rather difficult for some to look back, but I remember the excitement on many of the kid’s faces on TV during the 1998 season, and attendance at away games for both guys. It’s sad when a season filled with great triumph is now called into question by many who were brought back to the game because of what happened that year.

    I still like the game and the strategies you talked about though.

  4. LestersLegends
    June 22nd, 2008 at 1:30 pm #

    david – tougher when you root for the guys. For me, it’s Clemens.

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