I feel really terrible about my neglect of the blog. It’s been like a week since I last blogged. But seriously, there is nothing to write about. Or maybe there is, but I’m just not motivated. Like, at all. It’s not good, I know.
But seriously, the World Series is really not interesting me at all. Sure, I want the Phillies to win (GO PHILLIES!), but I just don’t have any stakes with either team. You know, if it was Red Sox-Phillies, I would be a little more excited, but still. It’s not my team.
And I really don’t like the Yankees. I don’t like having the Yankees in the World Series. And I don’t like all these calls that are going for the Yankees. It’s not cool. The Yankees already have a bazzilion World Series, and they really don’t need another one. It’s like, oh, the Yankees are in the World Series…again. Whatever. You know, some teams haven’t even been there. There are a few teams that are dying to win a championship like that, but they can’t because the Yankees are stealing all the money. So frustrating. There are days that I hate being a fan of such a low-budget team who has to watch all the big mean money machines win all the time. It’s really really sad.
Well, lookie there, I found something to write about! Wow!
So Hyun Young put this picture in her latest entry and I just had to steal it. SO CUTE!!!
They’d better not trade him.
Well, hopefully things will start picking up soon. Ahhhhh we need some new news!!!
Last weekend, a report came out of Sports Illustrated that Yankee Alex Rodriguez had taken steroids during his time with the Rangers from 2001-2003. The sports world has been buzzing with the news, which was a pretty big shock. Yesterday, A-Rod appeared on ESPN and confessed all. Yes, he did take steroids during his time with the Rangers, when he won the MVP. No, he didn’t really know what he was taking, but he was taking it. And yes, he has been clean since 2004…or so he says.
I think he did the right thing in taking care of this situation as soon as possible. Hey, two days after the report came out, he was on TV confessing. I think that was a really good move on his part. He certainly handled this better than Clemens did last year. I think it was great that he didn’t allow this to fester for too long. I mean, we had two days to dicuss this, get upset, and build it up. But it was very good that he came out as fast as he did.
While it’s a great thing that he came out and confessed so quickly, it should not pardon any punishment. He did something that was very wrong, and he should not have done it. Sure, he was young, stupid, and naive, but that doesn’t excuse that he cheated in the game of baseball. He cheated against baseball, his fans, his club, and himself. Actions have consequences. He needs like a big fine, plus a big apology to the Texas Rangers in addition to the New York Yankees, plus some “time off”. I think he should be suspended for a year. Tough punishment? Oh yeah. Too tough? I don’t know. I know he’s learned his lesson, and that he probably won’t ever take steroids again, but there have got to be consequences. I think he should lose this year, as well as his salary for this season.
But a punishment is not just for him. It’s gotta show the kids in the minor leagues who want a little boost that taking ‘roids is not worth it. Maybe A-Rod will only get a few months. What does that tell the kids in the minors? No. A-Rod’s got to have a rather large punishment. And not just for the kids in the minor leagues, but also kids in high school or Little League, and all his young fans. They need to see that even their hero has to take the blame for what he did, and all that comes with it. Baseball fans also need to see A-Rod get punishment. We need to see that our sport can deal with these problems in the best way possible. If they don’t give him a big enough punishment, it’s going to be a shame on baseball. This is a very risky situation.
Remember when you were a kid? Or if you are a parent. If the kid confesses that he broke the lamp, you aren’t going to be as mad at him because he confessed it and didn’t try to lie to you. But he still broke it, and there are going to be consequences. But if your kid lies about how it broke (a monster came in here and knocked it down!), he’s probably going to be in double trouble. That idea applies to this situation. Since A-Rod confessed, and didn’t deny it, he’s going to be dealt with better than if he had lied. Think Barry Bonds and Rodger Clemens. Look at the trouble they are in right now because they aren’t telling the truth. Now, that’s not saying that Bonds or Clemens did take steroids, but there is evidence against them.
Swimmer Michael Phelps has been banned from swimming for three months because he smoked pot. Because of the way his sport is scheduled, this is going to be a huge blow to him. He got this because he has been so huge in the media since the Olympics. There are a ton of people out there who watched him win all those metals, and he built up a huge fan base. They had to suspend him because there are a lot of kids out there who adore him. What would that tell the kids if he got away with that? It couldn’t happen, so now he is paying for his actions.
A-Rod has to pay for his actions. He’s one of the most popular Yankee players right now. There are thousands of kids who love watching him play, and he’s their favorite player. He must accept the circumstances that come with his actions. I just hope baseball doesn’t mess this up.
San Diego weather note: It rained a lot last night, but I woke up this morning to clear skies…and frost on the trampoline. It’s going to be cold, but there’s not a cloud in the sky. San Diego is so funny.
(photo credit: askmen.com)
OK, enough dwelling on the past. Baseball is hopping right now, with rumors flying like crazy.
JAKE PEAVY: There is a deal really close to being done with the Cubs and another team, most likely the Phillies. The Padres would get a lot of good players, but I still don’t want him to go. I have heard so many things, I have no idea what’s true or not. On the Padres website it looks like this thing could get done like today. But I heard on the radio that the Cubs think this is kind of getting ridiculous. If a deal’s going to get made, it’s going to be in the next 48 hours. If not, Kevin Towers has said the he will take Jake off the block, for the sake of the fans and Jake himself. So if we can get through the next 48 hours with no go, Jake will probably be our Opening Day starter. You have no idea what a relief that is to this Padres fan. We’ve been riding this since the end of the season, and we just want to keep Jake. But a deal still could get done. So we’ll just have to see.
TREVOR HOFFMAN: Trev has talked to the Mets, but with the signing of K-Rod, he won’t be going to then this year. The Indians also had some interest, but now it’s reported that they are signing Kerry Wood. So, our famous closer is still out of work. Manager Bud Black had spoken positively about getting Trevor back to San Diego, but he’s not the one who has the money. I think Trevor could come back, but it might be a little tense. I just hope he doesn’t sign with the Dodgers. Oh, no, please not the Dodgers!
GREG MADDUX: The Professor retired on Monday. He was an incredible player, a great guy. I really enjoyed having him here in San Diego. His fielding and hitting were the things that really got me. He was so good, and it was so cool to watch him. I remember when he stole the only base we stole one month. It was so cool! He was such an amazing player, and he’s going to the HOF as soon as he can. Wow, what a player!
It looks like CC has signed with the Yankees. I think there will be lots of moves today!
I want to point to two articles: One is a supplement to my game 163 entry. In March, Trevor Hoffman was on the front page of USA Today, and this article is incredible. It is one of the best I have ever read. Wow. Disappointment Aside, Hoffman Still Stands Tall
The other is this pathetic interview with Bud Black. I don’t think it was done by someone associated with MLB.com, and he doesn’t really know what he’s talking about. Plus, “Bud’s” answers don’t sound like him at all. Read the comments after you read the article. It is plain pathetic. An Interview with Bud Black
Well, that’s all for now. I may need to check in later…