Luis and the ‘Secret’

Today at work the owner made us watch an inspirational program called ‘the Secret‘ for the second time in less than 6 months. One of the main messages is to appreciate everything, even the bad things. For example, rather than focus on the horrible steroid epidemic of baseball in the 90’s and today I should spend more time focusing on the players who did not cheat and be thankful for their honesty and integrity.

That being said, there is no proof that Luis Gonzales ever took a needle in the ass or spread a cream on his body or anything else for that matter but to me there is just something that is not right about him. Apparently, I am not the only one, according to this article from 2006.

First of all, it took Luis 10 full seasons to break the 30-home run mark. Up until that point he had only reached 20 home runs twice in a decade. After that 31 home runs he hit in 2000 he goes and follows it by hitting 57 home runs in 2001 and never cracked 30 or more for the next five seasons. How does someone become a power hitter after a decade, do it for two seasons and then goes back to a 15-20 home run guy? There is something very fishy about the whole situation and ESPN, rather than focus on his curious 2001 season would rather tug at your heart strings by publishing this piece on their website.

I believe there are a lot of players who have cheated in the last 20 years that we have no idea about because the fans and media dubbed them to be “nice guys”. Meanwhile, no one has a problem destroying guys like Bonds and Canseco and of course, it’s no surprise that they have never been very friendly to the media or anyone else for that matter. If we are going to out the cheaters, it should be all or none!



  1. The Secret is the latest and by far the worst example of a HIGHLY profitable trend where self-help gurus with fabricated new age titles and little relevant education, credentials or legitimate expertise brainwash us into believing that they know what is best for us, our marriages and our families.

    Often their only contribution to society is introducing some exotic sounding, new age philosophy. However, they often cleverly form an incestuous group of like-minded “experts” who cross-promote each other by swearing their success is due to following the beliefs of another member of their “cult!” All the while, they ply the airwaves jockeying for an ever-larger audience by appearing in the national media to garner third-party endorsements.

    The Self-Help Movement has become the Self-Destruct Movement by diminishing or destroying our critical thinking skills to choose and evolve on our own. We have given up the freedom to build healthy lives, marriages and families based on our unique history and life experience. Instead many victims, blinded to the value of their own life experiences, are attracted to the latest secret in self-help, in an attempt to find out what they should think, feel and how they should act… this is the definition of a cult.

    The solution is a return to our (common) senses! The best way out of this learned “self-helplessness” is to go cold turkey. Stop following ALL self-help gurus now. Begin, instead, to reclaim your natural, God-given ability to think for yourself. The common sense that was once readily available to all of us is still there free of charge and waiting to be applied to just about any challenge we might face in life… all you have to do is use it.

    Please, let’s all work together to stop the flock of “sheepeople” who blindly move from one UNPROVEN concept to the next, looking for the answers to life’s challenges that you already possess and that is the OBVIOUS!

  2. My girlfriend made me watch “the Secret” on DVD. Easily the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen. Want a really inspirational experience? Read the Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.

  3. sruchris , thanks for the flashback on Jay Bell. That is definately an article in the making thanks to your suggestion.

    Jason, having to sit through the Secret once was bad enough but doing it a second time really ticked me off. Here’s the “Secret”—-think positive and everything will come to you. Yeah, doesn’t work like that at all.

  4. Where’s the proof? Unless there’s proof, then there’s no case against Luis. Then I guess you will next be saying that Randy did ‘roids as well. There is something called “innocent until proven guilty”….I think a lot of people have forgotten that here as of late…

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