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No more MLB games for me. What about you?Posted Monday, May 18, 2009, at 10:12 AM
When I was old enough to walk, my family bought me my first baseball glove.
It was one of those multi-colored gloves that really only worked with wiffle balls.
But it was a glove nonetheless. My dad's first love in sports was baseball and he wanted to share that love with me, hence the glove.
As I grew up, I played little league baseball and continued playing until I was in high school.
I loved baseball. I traded baseball cards with my friends. I sold baseball cards at family yard sales, trying to make a little extra money.
That love of the game was still there, even though I no longer play. There was something about the way the game was played that I loved so much. I used to love sitting down on a Saturday afternoon, catching a game on television.
I used to love getting tickets to go and see games. My father purchased three tickets a few years back for himself, my brother-in-law and myself. It was fun to see a live game, something I had not witnessed since I was in college back in the 90s (it wasn't that long ago, was it?).
I don't collect baseball cards like I used too and haven't for quite a while. For one, I'm not sure where I'd put the cards.
For another, I don't think the mystique of collecting is in me anymore.
But to be honest, I don't think I'll ever purchase another baseball card again. For that matter, I don't think I'll ever purchase tickets to a game ever again.
I'm disgusted with the professional game of baseball as many others are.
I have written about this before, but I think it needs to be said again.
It's time for some of the higher ups in Major League Baseball to leave the game.
The purity of the game has been tarnished by a select few, who felt obligated to take performance-enhancing drugs to have an edge on their counterparts.
The latest professional (and I use the term loosely) was Manny Ramirez.
Prior to this season, Ramirez' name had never been mentioned with performance-enhancing drugs. He was always thought of as a clean player, someone who earned his career numbers because he was just that good.
No matter what happened or what he took to get suspended for 50 games this year, his career numbers are tarnished.
Just like the career numbers of others who have been implicated as possible users, including Mark McGuire, Alex Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro, Roger Clemens, etc., etc., etc.
This list is unbearable to even look at.
It's a black eye for a game that has had its share of problems in recent memory.
Fans may never look at the game with the same enjoyment ever again.
I know I won't.
As Ramirez was recently implicated, Clemens conducted an interview recently, saying again that he never took performance-enhancing drugs.
But do these words really matter at all anymore?
I would argue no, they don't.
And I'm tired of seeing more and more names being piled up. It's become a sideshow for a once proud game.
Baseball has become a joke.
And it's not funny because I still haven't figured out the punchline.
Unless the punchline is that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig continues to get a check, along with MLB Players' Association Executive Director Donald Fehr, among others.
It's time for the both of you to go.
Baseball let this happen. The game turned its head to these players as they were allowed to cheat the game.
At least there are some players out there, Cal Ripken Jr., Tony Gwynn -- well, wait a minute -- both of them have retired and earned their spots in Cooperstown.
Well, at least Derek Jeter has never been implicated. And I've never been a fan of the Yankees, but at least he's been clean.
At least there's real baseball still being played. Check out the little leagues, high schools, etc. These kids really enjoy it. They work hard. They play for love of the game. For love of the sport
Fans have reached the point where they don't know what to believe.
And that's become the real shame.
Or is it sham?
Honestly, you tell me. Do you still enjoy watching MLB? Would you spend hard-earned money to attend a game full of scammers?
What's your opinion?
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