Here we are in mid July and Baseball celebrates itself as a sport and a part of our american culture. The All Star Game still resonates as a point baseball fans step back assess their team they follow, and curse the teams that are their rivals. For this town that is our Milwaukee Brewers baseball team. a couple of games over .500 and a factor in the National League Central Division. Considering the circumstances of Injury (Weeks), lack of consistency (Hardy, Hart) or just flat out under performance (Parra, Hall). There are the good things like the All-Star performances of Prince “P-Phunk” Fielder and “The R” aka Ryan Braun, Trevor Hoffman is pitching like he is a youngen all over again and others have stepped up to try to fill holes that were not anticipated to happen.
That being said it has not been uneventful has it? A lot of second guessing, over thinking and knowing better than those involved, it has been a summer of I feel as casual fan and observer tension. After the trade for CC Sabathia and momentum built through the second half of last season with that out of world performance he had and just the consistency they had last season. We haven’t had that moment of definition…we will have that moment come up really early in the next couple of weeks. Enjoy what happens as it happens or suffer with it.
Steve Haywood, Host of “The Game”
ESPN Radio 540 Milwaukee
According to MLB.com, Griffey and the Seattle Mariners are close to agreeing to a 1-yr. contract that would bring him back to the club. The Kid, as he was once called, is one of the greatest players in MLB History. He was all the hype in the 90’s before injuries knocked him off the all-time home run record pace he was on.
The Atlanta Braves organization and Major League Baseball lost one of its beloved members Skip Caray. He passed away during his sleep at age 68 after struggling with health issues for several years.
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Last night, Jose Canseco did it again by dropping names of baseball players who he believes used performing enhancing drugs. The biggest name that he mentioned is also the games best player Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez has refused to deny the allegation and has only offered a no comment response.
Cancesco’s book, Vindicated, will be available at you favorite book store tomorrow. Click here for an excerpt.
Photo By: Chris O’Meara
Before the Mitchell Report was released, Roger “Rocket” Clemens was a lock to be a first ballot Hall of Famer for his work done on the baseball diamond. After the report’s release, Clemens is finding that he has lost more than his fastball during the past several weeks. His reputation has taken a major hit after being implicated by Brian McNamee as someone that used steroids.
McNamee – a former strength coach with the Yankees and Blue Jays – worked with the Rocket during the period that he pitched for both clubs. McNamee said he injected him with steriods in 1998, and with both steroids and HGH in 2000-01. In his defense, Clemens said the injections were an anesthetic, lidocaine, as well as vitamin B12.
The United States Congress has asked Clemens to testify before them. The invitation came via House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.).
There is no truth to the rumor that bullpen ace Marion Rivera will be making a relief appearance to bail the Rocket out of this situation.
I’m fed up with this crazed pursuit of Barry Bonds! All reasonable thinking people probably believe he took steroids, HGH or something during the early 2000’s. It doesn’t matter if he has or hasn’t tested positive for anything. I don’t want to revisit the subject(s) of the grand jury testimony, BALCO or his homeboy Greg Anderson.
A lot of players were using performance enhancing drugs not just BB. The owners, media and the players union were complicit in the conspiracy to allow this steroid phase to thrive and they should be equally held in contempt.
My beef is with the “holier than thou” attitude that fans, broadcasters and writers take regarding BB. If he wasn’t pursuing baseball’s most treasured record – MLB HR Total – his name wouldn’t make the paper. Please kill that noise because the history of this game is filled with people cheating and breaking the rules.
Tell me why there is no outrage from baseball writers and historians over the cheating pitchers are doing when they doctor baseballs? They cannot talk about America’s Pastime without a casual mention of past pitching legends that scuffed, spit on or greased up the baseballs. Of course these same hypocrits voted these guys into the Hall of Fame (i.e. Phil Niekro).
Guys have corked bats, taken “greenies,” stolen signs, hit batters and gambled on baseball games. Yet the most vilified person in the history of MLB is BB. The reason why he is the focus of so much criticism is because the writers and commentators hate him.
Let me give it to you this way… they hate him because he hasn’t allowed them to be his pal. In other words, they want to be him. Most media people are wanna-be, frustrated athletes. Either they played a sport and couldn’t make it or never played. Therefore, they decided to that a career in sports journalism (i.e. tv, radio, print) was the next best thing.
The big secret is that sports commentators treat athletes very nicely for the access they are given. They get the “insider” label… they are at all the celebrity parties… they hang out with the jocks. Not one of them will risk their access being cut off and their perceived celebrity.
That’s why these hypocrits are hellbent on destroying BB. They are out for revenge on arguably the greatest baseball player who has ever lived because he didn’t let them in.