Just Deserts For A-Fraud

05Aug13

“To those whom much is given, much is expected.”
John F. Kennedy paraphrasing Luke 12:48

On Valentine’s Day 2004, the Baseball Gods delivered unto Red Sox Nation a miracle. It was a blessing dressed in the pinstripes of the New York Yankees.

On that day, the New York Yankees acquired reigning MVP, Alex Rodriguez from the Texas Rangers. It looked like a disaster, especially after the Red Sox had tried so hard to bring A-Rod to Boston.

In the following years, he won two more MVP awards and became a champion in 2009.

From day one, he was never loved by Yankee fans. They could never warm up to him. He was criticized for his performance on and off the field.  (Remember the Arroyo glove slap and his “Who me?” act from second base?)Image

“He’s not a true Yankee,” the fans said.

He opted out of his gargantuan contract in 2007 only to hold the Yankees up for even more money in a new contract.

And that’s about when it all started to become publicly unglued for Alex.

In 2009, A-Rod admitted to using performance enhancing drugs between 2001 and 2003. He tried to cut a sympathetic figure – “there was so much pressure on me,” he whined.

Poor baby.

I don’t think Alex Rodriguez’s teary-eyed mea culpa was out of his mouth before he started thinking of another way to cheat the game.

And that’s exactly what I mean – cheat the game.  I’m not going to get all dewey-eyed sentimental about baseball here, but lets just say there are tens of thousands of men who played the game clean and today’s players owe them a debt of gratitude for the very existence of sport that has so richly rewarded them. They can best repay that debt by playing clean themselves.

Clearly, A-Rod feels no gratitude to his predecessors, teammates, fans or employers.

Alex Rodriguez is a cheater of the worst kind.

I actually divide cheating in Baseball into two categories: I’ll call them “Cheating <wink, wink>” and Real Cheating.

Cheating <wink, wink> in my book is:
Doctoring the equipment: The spitball, mud ball and slippery elm ball; scuffing or cutting the ball; corked bats;
Stealing signs from the field;
Playing games with the field i.e. cutting the grass long or short to give your team an advantage, wetting the baselines to slow down the base runners.

I’m not saying this is all okay or those caught shouldn’t be punished but it’s all part of the game to me and there are rules and punishments for those caught Cheating <wink, wink>.

Real Cheating is:
Betting on baseball;
Throwing games;
Using drugs to enhance your performance;
Stealing signs electronically or from off the field.

I’m sure there are a thousand more ways to cheat in baseball – these are the ones that come to mind at the moment.

I don’t have a lot of respect for any of the men who have been caught using PED’s and that includes guys who play, or played for the Red Sox. I’m talking to you, in particular, David Ortiz. You’re all cheaters and none of you belong in the game.

I have a lot more sympathy for the 25th guy on the bench. PEDs might mean the difference between a career in Pawtucket or a career in Boston. The money differential is huge. I honestly don’t know how you resist doing it if you’re right on the cusp of being a big leaguer. It’s still cheating but I can at least understand how someone makes the decision.

But when you’ve got Hall of Fame credentials already, why do you need PEDs?

Ego.

Why did A-Rod take PED’s again? (Assuming he ever stopped).

Was it the pressure of playing in New York?

He could have stayed in Seattle. There’s not a lot of pressure in Kansas City. But he couldn’t play for a small market team. His Jupiter-sized ego would never allow it.

He just had to perform like the best in the game….sadly for him, he had to take drugs and hormones to perform like that.

And now it all goes up in flames for poor Alex. Suspended until 2015 when he’ll be nearly 40. How can he have any self-respect? How does he look in the mirror without wincing. He should be ashamed to show his face on a baseball diamond ever again.

Even the New York writers are calling him a “disgrace, a blight on Yankee history.”

In my book, he’s simply  the highest paid disgrace in history.

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