Well, well, well. Looks like good ‘ol Bud Selig pulled the plug on 13 Major League Baseball players involved with the South Florida anti-aging clinic Biogenesis, including Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta, and of course Alex Rodriguez.
Right about now, Selig is probably patting himself on the bat for taking such a “stand” in the name of purifying the game of baseball of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). He must be oh, so proud.
Before I go on any further, let me say that in no way am I condoning the cheaters. Any methods to becoming great that does not involve natural means – hard work in the gym, film room and practice field – is considered cheating. Therefore, those aforementioned 13 players got what they deserved.
However, for Selig to go around as baseball’s savior in the fight against PEDs is disingenuous at best. Keep in mind that Selig, the owners – and to some extent, the media – were in bed with the alleged steroid users for more than a decade.
Remember that “magical summer” of 1998 when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa had that assault on Roger Maris’ home run record? Remember when MLB teams were setting all kinds of attendance and batting records? The ’98 home run record chases are widely credited by sports analysts as having restored Major League Baseball among its fan base in the preceding years, as many had lost interest in baseball thanks to the strike in 1994.
Do you really think that Selig and the ownership game was going to pull the plug on that good vibe brought on by that home run chase? Could you imagine how much more fan apathy would have increased if that happened? Bad enough that the fans were still pissed at MLB for cancelling the World Series in 1994 due to the strike.
When PED use became rampant and fans and the media were clamoring for baseball to become “pure” again, Selig decided to ride on that mythical white horse and “save the day”.
No way Selig is getting any props from me.
Meanwhile, how funny is it that A-Roid is playing tonight while he is appealling his 211-game suspension? Selig has to be somewhere weeping and gnashing his teeth right now. And you know what, that’s what Selig gets for lying in bed with the PED cheats in the first place.
After all, if you lay down with dogs that ass will wake up with fleas…