Don’t blame Selig for Manny & David. It’s the Money, honey.
Posted by athomeatfenway on July 30, 2009
This is an up and down week for loyal Red Sox fans.
Tears of joy fell over the enshrinement of Jim Rice 4 days ago.
Anguish and anxiety struck today. Big Papi and Manny Ramirez tested positive in 2003.
There is a stark contrast about which to be spoken.
Rice averaged one HR every 21.5 AB’s. He never touched PED’s.
Papi & Ramirez combined to average a HR every 15.2 AB’s.
It’s no surprise, really. If you saw Rice play you know he was just as terrifying to face (if not more) than David or Manny.
The differences between the Dominican Dandies and the Boston Strong Man are about cheating and honesty, shortcuts and work ethic, popular culture, the relativity of talent, and M-O-N-E-Y, baby.
Can’t help but think of my friend who once ended up at a Florida cocktail party with Wakefield, Varitek and Mirabelli. The talk was all about money. Real Estate. Business. Opportunity.
The MLB is a Money Machine. It is a pathway to the riches of a lifetime.
What would you do to stay on that pathway ?
How many of us would do whatever is legal to stay there ?
How many of us would stop taking steroids after 2002, when they became illegal ?
These are hard questions.
90% of us would cheat if they had company and the protection of the MLBPA.
The money is just too hard to resist.
So, Papi and Manny should now pay the price.
The BBWA and Old Timers should forever keep Manny out of the HOF, along with A-Rod, McGwire, Clemens, and every other “immortal” who would otherwise be enshrined.
The Red Sox should forever keep David out of the Red Sox HOF, and never retire his number. (His heroics, tarnished or not, would not have made him a Cooperstowner anyway.)
We may all look at David’s 2009 struggles and 2008 decline a little differently knowing he was PED-fueled.
It’s a sad day. And we must face the music. The MLB must be cleaned up.
Let’s get off our asses and stop blaming Bud Selig. Let’s insist on the release of all 103 names that tested positive in 2003. Let’s agree to ban every one of them from the HOF.
Let’s get clean and stay that way.