Baseball is a funny sport. For the longest time it turned a blind eye to hundreds of players risking their reputation and their lives just to sell more tickets, merchandise and even baseball cards. I am almost certain that almost every great slugger of the 90’s has at one point cheated. It’s likely we will never fully know the truth, just what someone decides to leak.
Sammy Sosa came out of nowhere last week and announced he was ready for the Hall of Fame. Many laughed and poked fun despite the fact that Sosa hit over 600 career home runs. I found it somewhat odd that Sammy, who had all but vanished would make such a dumb statement given the fact he not only was caught with a corked bat but also forgot how to speak English in front of the Senate.
I find it even more strange that information has been leaked about Sammy failing a drug test in 2003. Do I believe it? ABSOLUTELY. Is it relevant anymore, considering Sosa has been out of the game for two years? Hardly. You don’t need a report to know Sammy was one of the dirtiest in the game. How does one go from playing 153 games in 1990 and hitting just 15 home runs, to three different seasons with 60 or more?
Just like baseball tried to shut Jose Canseco up twice, I believe it is making Arod and Sosa their scapegoat. Something in my heart tells me there are some pretty huge names on that list that Bud Selig doesn’t want released. What better way to avoid scrutiny than to expose two Hispanic ball players who are not well-liked by the media?
Despite now being one of the “Cheaters”, Sammy still has a huge following among collectors. Just recently someone paid close to $200 for this game-used relic, while this ugly manufactured patch cracked three digits. The fans have already made up their minds. Steroids or not, these guys put their life on the line to bring entertainment and joy to us fans. I finally realize it was not the players who were the villains.
Bud Selig, you are a disgrace to the game of baseball.