IMHO, Mr. Boswell is taking a risk canonzing a young athlete before his first test in the Bigs (I direct your attention to Ryan Leaf, Todd Marinovich, and Brien Taylor as Exhibits A, B, and C), but maybe I’ll deal with that in a future post under my heading of “Veridiction“, verifying predictions.
With pre-season baseball being played in Florida and Arizona, many turn their thoughts to looking forward to summer nights watching on TV or listening on the radio (or even nowadays streaming on their PC) to their Hometown Nine.
For the reason why I am on strike from baseball, I offer this ceditra entry from January 10, 2010. Just as a reminder, ceditra is the term coined by Brazilian artist Abril Pajyaso to describe the process of creating art through a random means. For me, my art is writing and I use a process (patent pending; sanitized for your protection) where I randomly select a source material and a page from that source. In this example, the chosen text below is from page 814 from The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2010:
All-Star sluggers Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, and David Ortiz were all linked to positive tests for performance-enhancing drugs in 2009, based on the results of anonymous tests administered in 2003;
For the past two years, I have been on a self-imposed exile from baseball. The reason I did not read about the National Pastime, watch a game on TV, and basically avoided all things baseball (with one exception where the family all went to a Nationals game courtesy of free tickets from the kids’ summer camp) is because I was so upset over how Major League Baseball (MLB) did not deal with the sport’s drug issue.
After the strikes of the late 1990s, baseball needed fans back and so probably (in my opinion) turned a blind eye to the obvious steriod use of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa during their chase of the single-season homerun record, which was both entertaining and exciting.
But when the facts about drug use became too obvious, MLB (and sportswriters) were shocked (SHOCKED!) to learn about steroids and they still did nothing. I make this assertion because in 2003, as shown above, players were still taking drugs and there were no sanctions. So I walked away from the game.
Just to show that there is still a problem and players think they can still get away with ‘roids is the news today that three minor leaguers (Rony Bautista, Roberto Toribo, Miguel Negron) were suspended for failing drug tests.
(This is the point in the story where I just roll my eyes upward and sigh)
Back to March and I would add to this ceditra entry the postscript that on January 12, two days after I wrote the above, Mark McGwire admits to steroid usage during his career.
Fans and sportswriters may be excited that baseball is back, but I’m not riding on that high.