Seriously, Who Cares? (A-Rod)
Getting the cream applied, Alex?
So, did any interesting Alex Rodriguez news come out this weekend? I must have missed it because I don’t what all the hub-bub is about. Oh this? Yeah, I guess I can see how that can be troubling, but for some reason, the only response I can think of is this:
Whoooooo cares?!? (courtesy of Virginia Crock)
Yes, that means A-Rod, like most everybody in else in baseball during the “Steroid Era” (how very quaint), cheated. But he only cheated in the eyes of a fair sportsmanship, not in the eyes of Major League Baseball. You know why? Well, the article in question provides your answer:
Though MLB’s drug policy has expressly prohibited the use of steroids without a valid prescription since 1991, there were no penalties for a positive test in 2003.
Meaning, you weren’t supposed to take any PEDs, but, Selig and company wouldn’t do a damn thing to you if you did. Does that sound like any “Crime and Punishment” system you’ve ever heard of? Something like this, “Excuse me sir? You aren’t allowed to rape or murder in our fine town, but if you do, we won’t do anything to you.”
Talk about an effective deterrent.
So while all the Buster Olneys in the world talk about how tarnished Rodriguez’ legacy is — rightfully so, mind you, because regardless if MLB castrated themselves when it came to policing steroids in the 90s, A-Rod allegedly used an unfair advantage during his 2003 MVP year — the fact of the matter is, Major League Baseball did nothing to deter the rampant use of performance enhancers, and now, we are supposed to feel some kind of outrage at a player who apparently took advantage of a system carefully nurtured by the very league he played for?
Seems hypocritical to me, but perhaps that’s just my lack of deep-rooted love for a sport that’s just as defined by its cheaters as it is its legitimate heroes. Oh, and by the way: Curt Schilling is absolutely right. If you are going to release A-Rod’s name, the identity of all 104 players in the report SI used for their story should be released as well.