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Dirty, Dirty, Dirty…Is It A Shame? And Whose Shame Is It?

Posted on 07 February 2009 by Mark Suchy

SI.com is reporting that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for two types of steroids in 2003 as part of a voluntary, sealed agreement between the MLBPA and the Commissioner’s Office to help determine the extent of performance enhancing drug use in the sport.  These tests were discovered by Federal Agents as part of the ongoing investigation into the BALCO case in 2004.  1,198 players were tested randomly in 2003, and 104 tested positive.  Including ARod.

This raises a few questions in my mind, most of which are troubling or have no answer, which could be even more troubling.  Such as:

Alex Rodriguez used steroids?  Why this doesn’t come as a surprise to me is troubling.

104 players total tested positive in ’03?  I would very much like to know the rest of the names.  But clearly, Rodriguez is the big fish here.  Something tells me there are plenty of journeymen included, as previous testing results have shown.

Why does all of this produce more of a yawn from me than shock or outrage?

That is clearly the issue at play here.  Years and years of watching records get smashed, players get bigger and 40 yard dash times get lower has produced a very jaundiced eye, both individually and collectively, to the lifelong sports fan.  We can question it all we want, but the hard truth is that what we pay to see is not clean, not genuine, not within the capabilities of “pure” human performance, and not going to change anytime in the forseeable future.

Ever heard of Human Growth Hormone?  And yes, there is no test available without drawing blood.  Which violates privacy laws for every professional leagues’ bargaining agreements.

So I am preparing to hear plenty of stories regarding HGH in, oh, sometime around 2020.  And honestly, not one of them will surprise me in the least.

Have we reached the point of oversaturation when it comes to reports like this?  When a “bombshell” such as ARod using steroids arrives, what does it say about me as a sports fan that I shrug my shoulders instead of being genuinely shocked?  I suppose it says, more than anything, that I accept the fact that cheaters have long prospered in sports as well as life.  And that everything I watch, every game I attend, is populated by people who will do anything in an effort to gain a competetive edge in order to gain financially when that next contract is negotiated.

The truth is that there is no moral to the story.  Because morality is absent in the conversation of cheating.  And that is what this is, cheating.  Nothing more, nothing less.

So Arod is a cheater?  AFraud?  Wow.  I would never have suspected.

Quite frankly, I’m worn out and that makes me a bit indifferent to stories such as this.  Call me a crank, call me a cynic, and you’d be justified in doing so, but take a moment and scroll back through your mind to McGwire/Sosa in ’98, Bonds from ’99 on, football linemen who weigh 340 pounds and run 4.9 second 40 yard dashes, and you’ll get a bit exhausted by it as well. 

There is no end in sight to these matters.  That is the ultimate, and saddest, truth of the whole story.  And if you can honestly answer these questions, then perhaps you accept that what you see isn’t genuine and earnestly gained:

Does it matter to you as a sports fan at all?

AND

Why do we continue to watch?

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 26 August 2008 by Glenn Clark

Nothing to add today. Got caught up this morning and filling in for Ray now. Hopefully Troy Smith will be well enough to play Thursday; and aren’t we all excited for the return of Brian Burres???

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio says Harbaugh learning about ‘hot seat’

Drew Forrester doesn’t get Trembley’s issues

Casey Willett still thinks QB job Smith’s

Vince Fiduccia likes ‘promise’ shown by McClain in backfield

Ed Frankovic says scout thinks Caps should own south for years

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Waters solid but Birds lose scheduled game

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Montanez gets winning RBI as Birds win delayed contest

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Mickolio sent down, Burres called up

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Cabrera sent to team orthopedist

The Official Site’s Danny Wild says Keys combine for one hitter

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Sarfate more comfortable back in bullpen

White Sox Official Site’s Scott Merkin says Thome’s homer gives Sox series opening win

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Cherry gets first big league save in resumed win

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Castillo gets first big league win in resumed game

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Cabrera to have MRI on elbow

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Warehouse remains untouched in games

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ray to rehab at Bowie tonight

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Mickolio will return Sept. 1

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Montanez RBI recorded in August, not April

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Guillen drank too much to remember April 28

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Wieters continues power game on farm

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Trembley pleased with Waters’ performance

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says most Birds support replay

The AP says Thome moves into 15th on All-Time HR list with game winner

The AP says Trembley thinks Cabrera ‘disappointed’, not hurt

Washington Post’s Mark Viera says 20k see Birds win one, lose one last night

Washington Post’s Mark Viera says Trembley wants players to be honest about injuries

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian drops Birds to 22nd in Power Rankings

Chicago Tribune’s Mark Gonzales says Birds, Sox each win games 4-3

Daily Herald’s Scot Gregor says Birds rallied from down 2-0 before losing scheduled game

Chicago Sun-Times’ Chris De Luca says White Sox much different when April 28 game concluded

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Gaither back at practice Monday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Boller, Smith remain ahead of Flacco in QB derby if healthy

The Official Site says Harbaugh wants Smith to start Thursday if he’s healthy

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says Baltimore hosts “Madden Nation”

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Flacco only man standing at QB

The Sun’s Mike Preston says entire starting O-Line could be on field Thursday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Gaither ‘wants to play’ Thursday night

The Sun’s Bill Ordine doesn’t want to see Flacco start

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Edwards missed practice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh expects Gaither back Opening Day

Aaron Wilson says Smith did NOT have tonsils removed Monday

Aaron Wilson says D. Williams participated in individual drills

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Boller kept to ‘light tosses’ Monday

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens needed Gaither’s good injury news

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews opener with Delaware

The Official Site offers complete Maryland-Delaware release (pdf)

Delaware Official Site offers complete Hens-Terps preview (pdf)

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph thinks ground game ‘needs work’

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terps struggle a bit in openers

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Franklin taking charge of turning offense around

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph’s fitness test not easy

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph thinks Terps as deep at LB as ever

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Meggett will be ‘second (back) in’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph remembers pulling tar

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell thinks trip to Blacksburg toughest test for Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell wonders why Ralph said players picked Steffy

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph trying to keep DHB focused on season, not Draft

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph expects Ivey back Week 3 or 4

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell thinks Terps win seven games

Washington Post’s Josh Barr doesn’t think Steffy choice hurts recruiting

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Muhtadi not happy with video game rating

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says nothing new known about Green’s injury

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph thinks situations will determine Portis’ playing time Saturday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Hens don’t want to use multiple QB’s

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph aware of fans’ displeasure towards QB decision

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Franklin learning to be head coach

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich thinks Terps’ schedule middle of the pack in ACC

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich thinks Terps ‘dark horse’ to topple Tigers

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Terps move into game week prep (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem checks in with Junior New Jersey WR (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says former Terp Jasikevicius strong in Beijing

The AP says former Terp Strawberry traded to Rockets

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says he’s on hoops beat

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Woody job may be reason Gilchrist went to USF

Washington Times’ Dick Heller remembers Malone’s pro jump

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in with big prospect Williams (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site checks in with Coleman

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says she’s on Women’s beat

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Cottle thinks Final Fours get you head coaching gigs

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Copeland headed to Fairfield

Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey says Moran, Towers in mix to join Terps’ staff

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner believes Bryant will start Saturday, not KNKE

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says hamstring better, KNKE wants to return Saturday

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Kiper headlines football luncheon

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Bears continue to improve moving towards Sept. 6 opener

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Bears looking to get back over .500

HORSE RACING:

Thoroughbred Times’ Frank Angst says Kentucky step closer to banning steroids

The AP says Kentucky’s steroid ban includes lesser penalties

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Maybe now that he’s healthy, Jared Gaither will play to his potential. But I somehow doubt it.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 10 July 2008 by Glenn Clark

Not a whole lot to add today as obviously we had quite the morning with our witch in studio. I did however want to take a moment to note Trent Dilfer’s retirement, as I think he deserves the honor. He wasn’t here long, but his contribution was significant. He lost just one game (his first) as starting QB for the Baltimore Ravens; and obviously manned the march to the franchise’s only Super Bowl Championship. 

It would be hard to argue that Trent is the most significant QB in Baltimore Ravens history; as while McNair and Testaverde had more significant contributions number-wise; they certainly did not have the success Dilfer did. I think he goes 4th on the list of most significant QB’s in Baltimore football history. (Johnny, Bert Jones, Earl Morrall).

Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio thinks Dempsey shouldn’t do color on MASN

Rob Long won’t blame Trembley for losing

Drew Forrester wants Birds to pay for witch

Drew Forrester thinks Birds should give Wieters taste of bigs in September

Thyrl Nelson thinks Jones should move up in order

Ed Frankovic says Caps close to deal with Federov

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds’ rally falls one run short in loss to Jays

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says former Bird Parrish faces Guthrie in series finale tonight

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says today final day to vote for Roberts

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Scott slumping badly in July

The Official Site’s Alan Friedman says Arrieta feels good, pitches well on farm

Blue Jays Official Site’s David Singh says Jays get seven in fourth, hang on to beat Birds

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Olson can’t get through 4th in loss

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Markakis homers, extends hitting streak to 16

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Birds 4-7 in last 11 despite scoring 72 runs in stretch

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko thinks Olson should be sent back to minors, but doesn’t know who would replace him

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Phillies fans trying to help Roberts

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Miller gets first save on farm

The AP says Burnett beats Birds after emergency root canal

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Arrieta can transfer success on farm to spot on Olympic team with performance at Yankee Stadium this weekend

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Birds score 6 in 6th but can’t get all the way back

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Trembley to stick with slumping Scott

Toronto Star’s Cathal Kelly says Burnett didn’t feel he deserved to win

Toronto Sun’s Mike Rutsey says Jays start Parrish so Halladay can face Yanks

CBS Sports’ Eric Mack drops Birds to 17th in Power Rankings

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal says Birds still ‘desperately seeking SS’

SI’s Jon Heyman thinks odds of Sherrill getting dealt 4-1

RAVENS:

The Official Site says live mascots named Rise & Conquer

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy breaks down QB battle

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Ravens should look past Favre

The AP says former Ravens QB Dilfer to retire

The Examiner’s Gary Lambrecht thinks Favre should stay retired

Carroll County Times’ Barry L. Silverman says Clayton takes over Westminster football Camp from Monk

Carroll County Times’ Barry L. Silverman says Clayton excited to take over for Monk at Camp

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Gronkowski wears 13 because of Marino

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem previews Special Teams (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem checks in with prospect Young-Wiseman (must subscribe)

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich thinks Terps third in ACC Atlantic

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich thinks Terps can beat Clemson

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich thinks Maryland-Clemson amongst best games of year in ACC Atlantic

ESPN Insider/Blue Ribbon College Yearbook previews Terps (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in on prospect Robinson at Reebok Camp (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Jeff Ermann says Mosley officially qualified

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Washington Post’s Matthew Stanmyre says incomer Kizer working with under 18 national team

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids previews D-Line (must subscribe)

NAVY LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey imagines dream scenario where Mids win National Title

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Patsos gets extension

REAL MARYLAND:

The Official Site’s Matt Skinner previews Friday’s match with Bermuda

HORSE RACING:

Thoroughbred Times’ Frank Angst says Kentucky moving forward on steroid regulation

The AP says Kentucky will vote on steroid ban this summer

BOXING:

The Sun’s Candus Thomson says Annapolis native D’Andrea looking for Women’s Golden Gloves title

SPORTS MEDIA:

The AP says 2006 sentence of WBAL’s Mills modified to allow for record to be cleared

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Here’s the skinny on the Moore-Mackey matchup. Lenny played 12 seasons in Baltimore; was a 7 time Pro Bowler, won 2 NFL Titles, and was Rookie of the Year (named by UPI) in ’56. John Mackey played 9 seasons in Baltimore; went to 5 Pro Bowls, and was a member of the Colts’ Super Bowl V Championship team. Interestingly enough, despite being a Pro Football Hall of Famer; John Mackey’s number is not retired by the Colts franchise (although he HAS been honored by the Ravens in the Ring of Honor!). Lenny will clearly get my vote, and I expect him to win somewhat easily.

-Garrett Olson PROBABLY needs to be sent back down to the minors, but the Orioles REALLY do not have any other pitcher who is ready to step in. Jon Leicester has CLEARLY struggled, Hayden Penn MIGHT be an option, and I don’t know NEARLY enough about Andy Mitchell to say if he can make the start. This is where this team needed Matt Albers again.

-For those who think Heather Dinich is too critical towards the Terps, please check out her work today on ESPN.com; as I think she is OVERLY fair about Maryland’s football fortune.

-Even though we already knew he was going to get qualified; I will admit that when I read Jeff Ermann’s story last night; I still let go a HUGE sigh of relief when I heard the Sean Mosley news was official. There’s just been too much negative stuff this offseason.

-Jimmy Patsos may not have delivered Loyola Tournament appearance yet, but he certainly deserved the extension he just received, and the Hounds are fortunate to have a coach of his caliber stick around to get the program to the next level.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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A-Rod, Clemens and Steroids

Posted on 11 January 2008 by raybachman

I was reading an issue of USA Today’s Sports Weekly and came across an article about the Mitchell Report. There was a list of 22 players that responded to the report. Out of the 22 that responded, 11 of the players said that the report was true and that they made a mistake. 6 of the players said that the report was a lie. 4 of the players had no comment and 1 player said that the he bought something from Radomski but never used steroids. Roger Clemens was 1 of the players that strongly denied the report.
Where am I going with this? If 11 guys said that the report was right on, then I’m willing to bet you that the report was right on. To the players that didn’t comment. If you were innocent why wouldn’t you comment? You get the point.
A few years back Jose Canseco said that 80 percent of baseball was on steroids/HGH. Everyone laughed at him. He named people like Palmerio, Tejada, Giambi etc. For the record, I don’t remember anyone suing Canseco for calling them out.  Looking back at Canseco’s comments now, I think it’s safe to say that he was telling the truth. Now Canseco is saying that he was surprised that Alex Rodriguez’s name wasn’t mentioned in the Mitchell Report.
Is MLB protecting their Golden Boy? Not A-Rod!!! Not the guy that is going to break every baseball record, I believed Canseco before and I believe him again. Wait and see if something doesn’t come out about A-Rod down the road.

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Give Me A Break

Posted on 18 December 2007 by raybachman

Brian Roberts tried steroids once. Do you believe that? I don’t. Could he be telling the truth? Yes. Sounds like a bunch of B.S. to me — kind of like the guy that gets pulled over and says, “I only had one beer.”

Isn’t it funny how all of the guys that are getting named in the Mitchell Report only did it once or twice? Andy Pettitte said the same thing. Some of the other guys are saying that they were prescribed HGH or steroids by their doctor. Some guys are saying that everyone else is lying. Not only are these guys drug users, but they are also liars. We have common sense. Please stop insulting us.

Kyle Boller is starting again this week. I’ve seen his act for five years now. God forbid that you see what Troy Smith brings to the table. Is Smith ready? Probably not. Take a look at him anyway. Let him get out there and run around. I know that some of the players on the team would rather see Smith out there. If the team is going to rally around the guy, then get him in.

I was at the Ravens-Dolphins game on Sunday. Man, it sucked having to walk out of that place.

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Players should police themselves

Posted on 14 December 2007 by russletra

A few years ago, Jim Palmer unwittingly indicted Brady Anderson for taking steroids. It was in the middle of a mundane Oriole broadcast, and Jim, probably in some “stream-of-consciousness” effect, claimed that the blip in Brady’s home run production in 1996 had to be the result of steroid use. After all, he had 16 homers in ’95 and 18 in ’97. What else could account for the 50 dingers he hit in 1996.

Brady Anderson was the first name I looked for after the Mitchell Report was made public. According to The Sun there are “at least 18 current or former Orioles” mentioned in the report. (I guess the report didn’t have the time or inclination to check if there were more than 18.)

Ok. Brady wasn’t on the list. That doesn’t mean he didn’t take steroids. Maybe he paid cash. Maybe he avoided the three main sources Mitchell used to make his report. Howie Clark, on the other hand, must have used his credit card, come in contact with Mets batboy Kirk Radomski, or maybe conducted business with the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative (BALCO).

The report admits that “Other investigations will no doubt turn up more names and fill in more details”. So the bottom line is; Maybe Brady’s homers were ‘roid aided or maybe they weren’t.

What I can draw from this is that performance enhancing drugs are mere “fine-tuners’. An athlete must have the God-given, extraordinary skills to participate in the major leagues. Even with these skills, the Howie Clarks of the bigs can’t compete with the Brady Andersons. Clark could tell you, steroids won’t help. After all, he has a total of 25 major league homers. If steroids made that much of a difference, Clark would have more than the two homers he hit last year for Toronto.

Here’s the sad fact: Peer pressure resulted in the proliferation of performance enhancing drugs. The guys that were borderline took it, so the guys that were good took it to keep their place. In turn, the guys that were great, took it. The bottom line? Brady is better than Clark. Bonds is better than Justice. Clemens is better than Grimsley.

Steroids don’t matter; At least as far as who is better than whom.

Then, why should we care. If they’re all souped up, the playing field is level. Go ahead Barry, hit another into McCovey Cove.

Well, here’s why we should care. Those high school studs know going in that they need to “roid-up” in order to compete. Either take a chance at competing at the highest level and pollute your body with chemicals that will have far-reaching consequences, or drive a truck.

That’s a tough choice for an 18-year-old kid. Take the junk and have what is perceived as a really good shot at making millions of dollars playing ball, taking your choice of girls after the game, and having everyone wear your jersey. So what if my heart explodes at 50. That’s a long way off.

This is not good thinking. Who’s to blame? The owners, the men who pay the boys to hit baseballs harder, higher and farther. Yes. That’s one group. But the other, is the players association.

I believe that there is a majority of athletes who want to compete, but don’t want to jeopardize their long-term health. These athletes are card-carrying, dues-paying members of the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Why aren’t they demanding that Donald Fehr institute steps that will admittedly give up some employee privileges in return for ensuring that all athletes are playing on a healthy playing field?

Just a thought …

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BORING … let’s move on … waste of time

Posted on 13 December 2007 by KZ

The long awaited Mitchell report … MUST SEE TV … it was IRAN-CONTRA for those that are old enough to remember. What a waste of time …

The report could have been one page … how about this …

There are many major league baseball players over the past 15 years or so that have bought, taken and administered steroids and HGH, it’s a problem that MLB, the owners and the players’ association allowed to happen. All parties must work together to rid baseball of these enhancement drugs so the past is not repeated and once again bring honor to America’s game.

But NOOOOOOOOOO … we had to name names … two-thirds of the players named we have never heard of and the other one-third we either already knew or suspected.

Roger Clemens … shocking … come on people!

This report is a joke … because you named so few MLB players and the many of the people named are no longer playing or dead … now the debate of who did and who didn’t will continue …

Sorry, color me disappointed.

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GIBBONS, AND RUMORS THAT BETTER NOT BE TRUE

Posted on 07 December 2007 by Allen McCallum

 

It turns out that Gibbons was telling the truth all of that time when he continued to deny using steroids. Indeed he wasn’t.  He was using HGH all along. Gibbons simply adds to the long list of humiliations the Orioles have suffered during this decade of discontent.

Almost from his first spring training in Baltimore when he earned the nickname Popeye, people have suspected Gibbons of using performance enhancers. He is the classic example of why enhancers are used. An average…or below average athlete who may need something to help him get over the hump. One big season, and a couple of exciting career moments, are turned into a long term, multi-million dollar contract that will provide for him, his children, and probably his children’s children. If you had the chance to do it, wouldn’t you consider it?

Yes, all of the orioles 1st base/ outfielders/ DH’s have distinguished themselves in this off-season. Millar, Huff, and Gibbons have damaged their credibility, and have turned off a fan-base that is looking for anything in the Orioles to embrace. IF there were any three players who I would say the Orioles could just release it would be these three players, and that is before you include the off-season mishaps.

At least Gibbons knew enough to be humble in the moment, apologize for his actions, and not appeal the suspension. Another situation where an athlete vows that there is more to the story and you will understand when the truth comes out, with no follow through would have not been good for anyone.

RUMORS

Two rumors that involve the Orioles have surfaced in the last 48 hours which I pray are not true. The first involves Tejada going to the Astros for players such as Adam Everett, and Chris Burke. While Everett is a quality defender, the Astros are looking to move these players because they can’t hit. Chris Burke has been such a bust that even after Craig Biggio retired, the Astros went to free agency and blocked Burke (a player that they have been waiting for for some time now) with the signing of Kaz Matsui. If they can’t hit in the National League, in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the game, what are they going to do in the AL East? Can anyone say under the Mendoza line?

The other rumor involves Roberts going to the Cubs for players sush as Matt Murton and Sean Marshall. Matt Murton? Matt Murton?? …. Matt Murton??? Come on now! I know that McPhail came from the Cubs, but COME ON NOW!!! McPhail needs to find a way to trade with a team other than the Cubs. There is a reason why they are current team with the longest run without a championship.

If the rumors are true, the Orioles could have moved Ramon Hernandez in a deal for Lastings Milledge. If McPhail picks up Everett Burke and Murton for Roberts and Tejada after passing up Milledge and several other names thrown in by other organizations, you would immediately have to wonder if we have the right man at the wheel. Right now they are just rumors, and I hope that is what they will remain.

JONES TO THE DODGERS

The Dodgers are following their Los Angeles counterparts in signing another center fielder a year after overpaying for one in the previous off-season (Matthews and Pierre respectively) Andruw Jones only signed for two years. If he is a bust it won’t kill them. The money is far too much. He is still one of the best defenders, but he isn’t what he once was. They are bringing him in for his pop. The problem is that his pop last year was nothing like what it was the previous two seasons. On top of it, Dodger Stadium isn’t a hitters haven. Given the cost, I would have to say that the Dodgers will regret this move. A $12 – $15 million dollar per season price tag, and I might have a different opinion. The good news from an Oriole perspective is that it may make it a little easier to pry Matt Kemp from the Dodgers in any potential deals now that they have Jones.

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If the Bonds ball gets an *…Gaylord gets a loogy

Posted on 26 September 2007 by Drew Forrester

So, the “public” has decided that the Barry Bonds home run ball gets an asterisk* on it, huh?  The Hall of Fame – in dire need for any kind of publicity they can get for 51 weeks out of the year – must be hard-up for attention if they’re going to take the ball from this clown who caught it – and display it in Cooperstown with an * on it.

It must be about publicity, right?

It can’t be about FAIRNESS.

If the Hall of Fame execs want to make it all fair, then they need to immediately cough up the biggest loogy they can and promptly spit it on the face of Gaylord Perry’s plaque at Cooperstown.

That would be fair.  And that hunk of spit dangling from Perry’s chin will serve to remind us all that Perry broke the rules to get batters out.  It’s OK to cheat to get BATTERS out, I guess.  But it’s not OK to cheat to hit BALLS out.  Confused?  Of course you are.  But that’s what baseball has mastered over the years.  Double-standards and confusing the fans.

Gaylord Perry cheated.  He’s in.  No * on any of his stuff, right?  Why is that?  Oh, I know, it’s because he “cheated”, but in a weird, our-society-is-always-looking-for-a-loophole-kind-of-way, people look at Perry’s cheating as “acceptable” because it’s more like chicanery and less like breaking the rules.  Someone will e-mail me with that bullsh*t, I’m sure.  Or, someone will say, “throwing the spitball is just like the hidden ball trick…it’s just old school baseball tom foolerly.”  And, I’ll call “bullsh*t” on that too if you e-mail me the same nonsense.  You can’t get kicked out of the game for the hidden ball trick.  If the umpires catch you doctoring the ball, you get the heave-ho and, likely, a suspension from MLB.

Why is that?  Oh, that’s right, because doctoring the ball is cheating.  In Gaylord Perry’s case, he was white, and cheated, so that made it all OK, I guess.

So, the Bonds Hall of Fame ball gets to New York by way of an * in San Francisco.  If I’m Bonds, I call those stuffed suits in Cooperstown and say, “you put that ball on display with an * on it and you jack-asses don’t get one other piece of my memorabilia to display…EVER.”

Why not?  Everyone in the country already thinks Bonds is rude, abrasive and a semi-non-comformist.  Might as well stay in character and threaten the Hall of Fame, right?

By the way, I’ll nip one more potential e-mail in the bud.  I KNOW BARRY BONDS USED STEROIDS.  We all know it.  But for a good portion of Bonds’ career, the league didn’t care what you put in your body and had no hard-and-fast rules against it…to the degree that they didn’t even test for steroids until this decade.  So, yes, Bonds cheated.  The problem is, Bonds hasn’t yet been CAUGHT cheating by Major League Baseball.  Perry was caught…and later admitted to it – snickering the whole time, no doubt - in his book, post-career.

It’s so typical of major league baseball.  For five decades, they specialized in figuring out a way to punish the black player and allow the good old white boy to get away unscathed.  Don’t think that’s true?  Two words for you:  Ty Cobb.

At least they’re letting Bonds play in the league now.  Thank God he wasn’t born in 1920, we wouldn’t even know his name.

Go ahead, ship the ball off to Cooperstown with an * on it.  That will just serve to further remind everyone who goes to the Hall of Fame that cheating ISN’T black and white.  Some types of cheating are OK.  Other kinds of cheating aren’t OK.  It’s not black and white.  Or, is it?

Sure seems like it is to me.

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Posted on 12 September 2007 by roblong

Today, I want to examine a fan’s perspective on performance enhancing drugs. I’m just curious if we still care. With some many athletes getting “popped” from so many different sports, are we becoming immune? Do you still have the same reaction today, that you had three years ago? Are performance enhancing drugs becoming a way of life in professional sports?

Let’s talk about it. E-mail me at rob@wnst.net, or call 410-481-1579 from 2-6pm today.

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