Can baseball save us?

Once the report was out in the open, A-Rod finally decided to admit to taking steroids and apologize. As soon as I heard this, I thought to myself: ‘Would he have come out and apologized had this report not come out?’. 

Of course not. He has been lying for years– he has been looking people in the eyes and telling them that he is clean. He has created a false image of himself for all of his fans. Everyone believed him too. 
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Well, this apology simply isn’t enough for me, for the owner of the Texas Rangers, and I am sure that it isn’t enough for a lot of you. A report came out earlier today by T.R. Sullivan on Tom Hicks, the owner of the Texas Rangers who said that he felt “betrayed and deceived” by A-Rod. I think that he is speaking on behalf of all baseball fans when he says that. A-Rod literally had this poor guy convinced that he was clean, and HIcks thought that A-Rod was sincere. 
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It’s not like this is the first time that A-Rod has lied, he has a bit of a history of lying and deceiving. He lied about deliberately knocking the ball out of Bronson Arroyo’s glove in the 2004 ALCS, and he yelled something along the lines of “mine” to deceive the third baseman of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2007 and he ended up dropping the ball. He even cheated on his wife. 
It is sad that we will no longer be able to know when Mr. Rodriguez is telling the truth because he is a ridiculously good liar. His problem is going to be salvaging the respect of his fans, and baseball fans’ respect. This apology does not cut it. 
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It’s not just A-Rod who is in trouble either, Miguel Tejada may now face up to one year in prison because he lied to congressional investigators. You can lie to Katie Couric, but you can’t lie to the law. According to the report by Alyson Footer, he isn’t even being charged for lying about his own steroid use, rather he is being accused of giving false statements about his conversations with Adam Piatt, who is his former teammate. 
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According to the report, Tejada used steroids in 2003, which helps to explain his miraculous jump in average and hits. Tejada even provided B-12 to his former teammate Rafael Palmiero, which masks steroids. If Tejada used steroids in 2003, then there is no punishment for that, but lying to Congress wasn’t the smartest thing to do. 
At this point, one has to wonder what we do with their statistics. A-Rod used steroids for three years, and it is unknown how long Tejada took steroids. I would think that three years of taking steroids would have a pretty significant impact on the future of his career. If we were to ignore his statistics when he was with Texas, he would only have 397 home runs right now and 1,835 hits. But three years of taking steroids obviously has something to do with his spectacular numbers now. 
Can I ignore A-Rod’s numbers? Can I ignore Miguel Tejada’s numbers? 
Major League Baseball will not be releasing the 103 other names, which makes me a bit anxious. Who are those other players? Who else do I need to put an asterisk by? 
The most important question we can ask ourselves right now is:
Will baseball save us [and itself]?
-Elizabeth

18 Comments

Baseball as a game will survive. We the fans and players of the game as kids or as my kids are today show me the hope that baseball presents. We watch or play for the love of the game.
In 1919, they mourned the fact that a World Series could be fixed. In 1947, they confronted the ugly issue of racism for the first time on the field together, yet held it to themselves prior. Now MLB faces the reality of its greatest hitter and possibly its current homerun leader all-time not in its Hall of Fame.
Yet, when I see my son and my daughter play ball, I hold out hope that the game will live on. So I continue to cheer and hope for my team and its’ players hoping they too have the dreams my son and daughter have, to give their all on the field.

Take care
Aaron
http://mlbtribefan.mlblogs.com

Well he says he only took steroids for three years, can we really believe that? I will never be able to fully believe anything he says again (not that I ever did). I appreciate that he respects baseball fans enough to come out and admit to steroid use in the past but I can’t respect someone who flat out lied to everyone for years. Maybe he really didn’t know what he was taking but he knew it was supposed to enhance his performance and he had to know it was wrong if everything was all undercover and on the “DL”; I don’t care how young you are, you can’t be that stupid. I just hope we are coming out of this era and moving on to better baseball.
Melissa
http://clemsongirlbaseball.mlblogs.com

Aaron: Well put. It is the “one constant” so of course it will endure– but who knows what is going to happen, what kind of regulations will be installed to prevent this. We need punishments and we need them fast to discourage the younger generation from every using steroids or PEDs.

Melissa: For someone like A-Rod to not know what he was taking is appalling. Probably another lie? Luckily, baseball is coming soon.

-Elizabeth

It is hard when one of your own players to admit he is taking steroids such as Byrd did for the Tribe in Game 7 of the 2007 ALCS against your Red Sox. Yet when he played for you last year, did you not still cheer for him? I remember I was expecting “Paulie” Byrd to get punished. I still loved his effort and professionalism and was willing to forgive him.

Again, I am also willing to forgive A-Rod off the field because he has supposedly been clean since 2003 when steroids were rampant. If it is found out that he lied and more was going on with ‘roids after 2003 or is still going on today then forget about him ever being trusted.

Still, you and I can join as fans in Cleveland and Boston who will never cheer a Yankee, ever by saying this in confidence. “Boo, that Yankee A-Roid, A-Fraud, forever more, never in my ballpark should he be cheered by me, no Yankee ever is by me!”

Peace,

Aaron
http://mlbtribefan.mlblogs.com

Aaron: I did expect a heavier punishment for Paul Byrd and was surprised when he didn’t receive that. I respect Byrd for coming out and even though I did root for him at times because I simply couldn’t help it (you know how baseball is), I still do not condone his choices, nor do I take into consideration a lot of his numbers.

-Elizabeth

Elizabeth – we HAVE to believe that baseball will survive and endure – because we humans have such an amazing ability to survive and endure. But we the fans have to step up to the plate and let the commissioner, the players union and the players know that we will NOT accept status quo. We must and will demand that the sport change. And we will succeed because we ARE baseball! Is it time to say “Play Ball” yet??

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

You just summed up the answer to your question in your response to Aaron, Elizabeth. You cheered for Paul Byrd because you couldn’t help yourself. We baseball fans don’t condone what these players did. We just love the sport and our teams, so we will continue to cheer. Baseball will survive.

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Julia: You’re absolutely right, which is why you letter has gotten such a positive response. Thanks for taking the initiative and helping all of us try and get through this steroid era. We need to play ball!

Jane: I think we cheer because when we watch the game, nothing else matters, we forget about everything else. So you’re right, it will go on.

-Elizabeth

Elizabeth- It absolutely kills me to even think of the notion that baseball is a dying art. I believe that it will survive, because, well, we all love the game. Someone taking steroids isn’t going to stop me from loving baseball, maybe the player’s values, but not the game. And I do remember when Alex Rodriguez knocked that ball out of Bronson Arroyo’s hand in this like effeminite… “stop it” gesture. I was really mad because I was watching that game with a Yankees fan.
Emily
http://deconstructingthoughts.mlblogs.com/

Baseball will live on, but these transgressions will never be forgotten. It has tarnished the game forever. :O( Makes me want to hide in a hole and wait until it passes…

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

Wow, I forgot all about that stunt Arod pulled on John MacDonald in Toronto. If I needed any more incentive to hate Arod now!

I do like that he fessed up to the matter, but similar to any criminal that fesses up to his crime, leniency is limited. It is a terrible thing that he did, and a terrible thing for baseball. Although, I believe what he did will help him in the long run.
http://homerfoodandhistory.mlblogs.com/

We will get through this. I remember how devastating 1994 was to me. Took me a full two years, but I came back… we — the fans — are the real foundation of this game.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

Emily: I don’t think baseball itself is a dying art because the people who play it, and who play it naturally are pretty incredible and it is them who will save the game.

Jenn: I think that it will pass once baseball starts up again because we tend to forget about everything once it begins.

Homer: His confession will help him in the long run, but the steroids will not help the people who vote for him for the HOF. Three years! That’s a lot!

Jeff: If it wasn’t for us, baseball would be totally different. It kind of revolves around us in a sense.

-Elizabeth

Since Tejada lied about his age, does that add on an extra year of drug usage?
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Anyone who took steroids should be banned no matter how good they are or what team they play on. Red Sox, Yankee, Dodger, Cubs, Astros, Brewers, Pirates, Giants I don’t care what team.

Bob, http://bostonsports.mlblogs.com/

MMM: Tejada lied about his age? Is he serious? He SHOULD go to jail!

Bob: I agree, and so does Roy Oswalt!

-Elizabeth

Hey, Elizabeth …

It is a shame the way Alex Rodriguez disappointed many baseball fans and the game of baseball; and, also, the Texas Rangers owner, Tom Hicks, who treated A-Rod like a son !!! … But, A-Rod did take a step in the right direction by admitting his PED use; and, did seem to be honest in his interview, even though, it was way past the fact … So, unless new reports surface, that links A-Rod to using PED’s in other years than 2001, ’02, ’03, I will give Rodriguez credit for coming clean, and I will give him the benefit of the doubt, at least, at this time !!! … But, I will always consider A-Rod’s stats [and other PED abusers stats] “tainted”; and, if I had a vote, I probably would not vote for Alex Rodriguez to be enshrined into Baseball’s “Hall of Fame” when he is eligible at some point at the end of his career !!! … MLB and the Players Association need to implement a “zero tolerance policy”, banning all players [in the majors and minors] if any player tests positive for steroids , and, or, PED use !!! … This is the only way to end all the distractions that have taken place during the “Steroids Era”, and finally put an end to the abuse of “performance enhancing drugs” in our great game of Baseball !!! Nice post, Elizabeth !!! ….. Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L” ….. http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

Jimmy: The fact that there are 103 other names on that list concerns me– which is exactly why we need that no steroids policy. It’s going to be sad to see his numbers go to waste. I’m waiting for a brilliant idea of how to remember the players of the steroid era.
Then again, we remember the players of the Black Sox Scandal and they aren’t in the Hall.
-Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

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