Baseball and blogging
It seems as though the latest scandal plaguing our minds is A-Rod, or as people would like to see more fit, A-Fraud. Was Joe Torre right? Well, when we consider the outside looking in (like Manny Ramirez will be, come spring training, ha ha, hilarious) it appears that Joe Torre had it spot on. And let me be clear that in no way would I defend Alex Rodriguez.
This weekend I spent some time with my friends out in Longmont and I have a friend who is a die hard Broncos fan; completely ridiculously obsessed with the Broncos. Well, the Pro Bowl was this weekend, and she had read that the Manning brothers played a prank on Broncos QB Jay Cutler and threw him in the swimming pool which ultimately would short circuit his little insulin device, he was not injured. Well, she absolutely HATES HATES HATES (I cannot stress enough her hatred) Peyton Manning. So she was quite mad about this, and her roommates were making fun of it. So when we went to get pho (it’s a delicious Vietnamese noodle soup), her roommates asked me about the situation. I kind of laughed about the fact that she was mad and she was like, “well think about it this way Emily, what if… Alex Rodriguez and… um… Derek Jeter threw Garrett Atkins in the pool?” (She’s not a baseball person so there was hesitation in trying to guess players that I hated.) Hmm… I certainly would not like it if A-Rod and Derek Jeter, my arch nemeses besides Kobe Bryant, threw the love of my life in the pool (Jay Cutler is not the love of her life, but her obsession with the Broncos as a whole is). Of course, Jay Cutler, like Garrett Atkins, is a multi-millionaire, it’s not like he would have one little insulin thing and none other, but well, whatever. So no, I would not like it if Garrett Atkins was thrown in a pool by two people who I have very large problems with. Okay, that really had nothing to do with what I was trying to post about, but it was mostly trying to describe my dislike of Alex Rodriguez.
With that in my mind, I would like to say with the utmost certainty that I am not in any way defending the fact that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for anabolic steroids. When he talked to Katie Couric on 60 Minutes, his words were these:
Katie Couric: For the record, have you ever used steroids, human growth hormone, or any other performance-enhancing substance?
Alex Rodriguez: No… I’ve never felt overmatched on the baseball field. I’ve always been in a very strong, dominant position. And I felt that if I did my work as I’ve done since I was, you know, a rookie back in Seattle, I didn’t have a problem competing at any level. So, no.”
He joined 103 other players who tested positive for steroids. Now, I haven’t followed baseball as religiously as I do now, so maybe it’s just me, but it seems like with Barry Bonds on the line, more names are starting to surface about steroids. While a large portion of blame can be pointed at the players for making the asinine decision to be the best the cheaters way, we need to realize that nothing has really been done to stop this.
Yes, there were attempts to cease use by doing random drug testing, but what did it actually accomplish; the 2003 test was intended to be anonymous and no penalties were to be brought. Alex Rodriguez, one of the most famed athletes in all the sports world, let a lot of people down. But what is this really evidence of?
To me, it presents how very insufficiently baseball supervised itself for, well, more or less, two decades. This disregard for management has created a cesspool type anarchy for drug abuse. By letting PED using players slide by and run rampant throughout baseball, it creates a bad name for every other player out there making them guilty by association. Some of them actually worked to have the privilege of playing baseball. It seems as though Ken Griffey Jr. is this generations Hank Aaron. It’s getting harder and harder every day for people to respect the game when some of it’s biggest heroes are letting down the world.
I love this game, but it seems that the game may not love me as much. I’m beginning to wonder what people are doing to try and stop the use of steroids. It’s easy to point fingers, I mean, Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, and now Alex Rodriguez were designed to be the best of the best all in the same era, and now have fallen all for the same reason. So in the spirit of trying to stop the unbridled use of steroids, one has to wonder who it was that leaked the name Alex Rodriguez out of 103 other names. Yes, who was it that breached the confidentiality agreement? Should they also be punished? Wasn’t the anonymity of the test designed so that players felt that they could trust the union? I certainly don’t have answers to these questions, but I would like to meet the person who does.
So, on a lighter note, I would like to talk about blogging and the hilarity that comes with it. I am always incredibly grateful when I get comments on my blog, no exaggeration; with no job, it’s kind of what I look forward to throughout the day. One of the first things I do when I wake up is check my blog, so ya know, I should probably start up that MLBlogs Anonymous group pretty soon… This past week, I was number 41 in the MLBlogs latest leaders. I love the fact that I make it to the top 50 for the week and thank the people out there who read my blog with the most sincere gratitude. Any time someone who is a higher number than me comments on my blog, I am completely ecstatic. This has made me realize something about myself: I have lots of blog crushes.
Yes, it is as weird as it sounds, but there’s also a back story that goes with it.
I mentioned earlier that my friends and I eat pho. We’ve become regulars at one particular restaurant where they know our order and us. My Broncos obsessed friend has developed what she calls a “pho crush.” While we joke that the guy who she has a “pho crush” on is actually her secret boyfriend, I think it can actually be interpreted more as the fact that she is always disappointed when he’s not working because he knows us, he jokes with us, etc. so she likes it when he’s there and is usually pretty excited to see him, hence, a “pho crush.” I hoped that made sense to everyone.
So… what is a blog crush? Being #41, in all it’s excitement, isn’t as gratifying as I would like it to be. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited to be there, but I’d like to try to do better. I try to comment on others blogs, and make my presence known. So, while I’m very obliged when I get comments on my blog from people, there were certain people who started to stand out. For a while, Red State Blue State was in the number one spot (Julia booted them out of that last week), but when I finally got a comment on my blog from the (at the time) #1 spot Red State Blue State, I nearly died. I was so excited that I got a comment from the (at the time
) numero uno! So, yeah, I have a blog crush on Red State Blue State.
Being in a blogging community actually makes you feel like you’re almost acquainted with the people around you. Ya know? Like… in some sense, you kind of know them. So when I talk about my blog crushes, I usually refer to them as “my blogging friends.” So, while some people may not be a blog crush, they are my blogging friends, and I still am all gleeful when they comment on my blog. You can find most of them, but not all of them, in the side bar.
Julia (the number one blog this week!!) is usually the first one to comment on the things I write. So, like I said, checking my blog is the first thing I do, I always anticipate a comment from Julia. This has caused me to have a blog crush on Julia. Along with that, I have a blog crush on Elizabeth, Jane, Don, and Rays Renegade, but for a slightly different reason. They are all really amazing writers. I strive to write something as good as they do, and often, they write on a daily basis.
There are people who do really amazing things with their lives, like the heroes of baseball, you look up to them. Tom has frequently come up in my conversations with my friends. I talk about him a lot because I really believe in the things that he’s doing with his project. So when I was first mentioning a blog crush to my friends, I was talking about Red State Blue State, and the first thing out of their mouths was “is it Tom?”
My most recent blog crush: Jimmy over at Baseball, the Yankees, and Life. Number ten on the latest leaders, he’s the inspiration for blog dedications.
So… sorry if that is really weird and has weirded some of you out. I kind of think it’s hilarious. In any case, I appreciate everyone who comments on my blog and takes the time to read it. I’m an amateur writer not hoping to make it in the writer world, but I definitely enjoy doing it and enjoy writing in MLBlogs even more.
1. Photo courtesy: community.foxsports.com
2. Photo courtesy: sportsillustrated.cnn.com
3. Photo courtesy: http://www.cbsnews.com
4. Photo courtesy: thesodagallery.com