Tuesday, February 10, 2009

"Say It Ain't So, Alex"

There is a baseball myth that goes something like this: After the trial of the eight players accused of throwing the 1919 World Series, also known as the "Black Sox" scandal, a young boy walked up to Joe Jackson and said, "Say it ain't so, Joe." It probably never happened, and actually the jury found in favor of the players, who, nevertheless, were banned from baseball for life.

Well, here we are 90 years later, and I ask, "Say it ain't so, Alex."

Roll models in the tank. Roger Clemens, A-Rod, and who knows how many more. If Joe Jackson, perhaps the A-Rod of his day, was banned for supposedly "cheating," what is any different for the "cheaters" of the modern era.

Are these players so arrogant, so spoiled, so rich, that they just don't care? The only solution for this problem is banishment.

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