Posted on: February 11, 2009 12:43 pm



If you're looking for the ultimate panacea answer, you won't find it.  If you're looking for an opinionated response, feel free to read-on .   From the responses I've read, the general concensus is .... spread the blame all around.  I somewhat agree with that, except the root of this problem is a little more than blame everyone. 

The root of this entire mess starts with the PARENTS .... the parents of each and every ballplayer that used performance enhancing drugs to get an edge over the other players that had enough parental influence to know the difference between right and wrong.  It was the PLAYERS not having solid parental guidance that chose the incorrect path.  If the players had better parents, they would not have chosen to CHEAT by takeing the drugs; and they would not have had to LIE about during and afterwards. Definitely, the PLAYERS ARE GUILTY of chosing their incorrect path based upon the guidance they received.

The same can be said about the players union for not correctly policing their own membership.  Could you say the player's union did the just and moral thing?  I DON'T THINK SO..!!   The parental guidance each any every player's union representative received is just as poor as the guidance each cheating player received.  Again, we have an integral part of baseball choosing to follow a path that is morally not sound; after all, the union CHOSE to ignore, or support those players they knew were CHEATING. 

Just because the players decided to cheat . . .  AND .... the union decided to ignore what was going on DOES NOT LET THE ADMINISTRATIVE BODY OF MLB OFF THE HOOK.. !!!!   I apply the same logic to MLB MANAGEMENT .. . . ...  Parental guidance is at the root of their decisions, also.   Where was their moral judgement process???  What made them turn their back on a problem like this....  GREED and not having strong parental guidance in their lifetime. 

Put yourself in a parents role..... would you be proud to say..."hey! That's my cheating son out there".  . . .  I don't think so.   You can't just sit back and quote " if your'e not cheatin, you're not tryin".....   that's a crock of crap..!!  You also can't just pull the "Adam & Eve thing" ... trying to blame it on someone else.   Each and every player in baseball now  . . .  and who was in baseball at the time this started  . . .   didn't have the balls to stand-up and shout from the roof-tops... that cheating was happening.  I really don't like Canseco, but at least he had the balls..!!!

Do I think the PLAYERS are to blame....  YES..!!   If they hadn't taken the junk in the first place, there wouldn't have ever been a problem of over-looking it either.


Stay Well and Hope to See You Somewhere.... I Hope



Category: MLB
Posted on: April 9, 2008 12:56 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2008 12:17 pm

Why Does Baseball Need CLOSERS..??

April 09 = =

I really don't understand why there's such a thing as a closer. Why doesn't baseball do what they did years ago.... keep the current reliever in the game because he's throwing stuff that the opposing team just can't figure-out.

When did this all start? [ anybody have any ideas? ]

Who came up with this concept..?? Does any team have a *lights-out* closer..??

We here in Cleveland have had Jose Mesa, Bob Wickman, and now Joe Borowski .... all of which we fans have NEVER had much confidence. In fact they all looked like they were in fear for their lives when out on the mound.

The way I see this closer role is, if you have a *great* reliever, a guy you know is totally un-hittable, then make him your closer. There's only a couple that come to mind (Rivera, Thigpen, Eckersly, Gagne). John Rocker from Atlanta was one of those till he went off the deep end.


Till next time . . . Stay Well, and See You Somewhere, I Hope. . .
Category: MLB
Posted on: March 26, 2008 12:26 pm

Season Opener ....??????

Am I the only one around who thinks having a season opener over in Japan is counter to the American Tradition of Baseball..?? In fact, I consider having this "silly" opener in Japan as a slap to the most important of all American Traditions . . . . . having the first opening pitch being thrown in the contest between Cincinnati and their opponent. For those of you who aren't baseball history buffs.....The Cincinnati Reds were the first "all" professional team in baseball; and therefore, it has been a tradition to have the Cincinnati game always start 5 minutes before any other game. This way we always have the first pitch of the season thrown during the Cincinnati contest. Its a tribute to the first team in baseball. hmmmmm....... I wonder if I'm the only one who thinks that's an insult..??

As for this silly opener in Japan, I hear the baseball world is trying to expand it's world wide market. My opinion is ....... all Selig wants to do is exploit baseball in Japan for all the money he can get. Who knows, maybe they're selling HGH cheaper over there. I, for one, would like to see the balance sheet for this opener concept in Japan...and how they rationalize this. Heck, if they wanted world wide exposure, they could put a team in Toronto....Oh.! I guess that was already tried..... not such a hot idea as its turned-out. .....*&$#!*$#$#!!

Don't get me wrong... I love baseball. The one thing I can't seem to resist is baseball hats... baseball hats for baseball, for college, for golf ......although I'm starting to curb my appetite a little. I'm now down to just a few professional hats [ Wahoo, Mets, Detroit, Yankees, White Sox, Cubs] then there's the college hats [Xavier University, Kent State, Ohio State (the Woody Hayes "O"), Mercyhurst, Kalamazoo (yep, I got the hornet), Michigan (yep, maize/blue - I don't think Woody would mind)..... not to forget the golf hats [Snake Eyes, Titleist , Callaway, Srixon,TaylorMade]. Whew..!! Looking at all that, I think its time to clean house and rid myself of some of those.

Ooops . . . Sorry, I got off the subject, but then again, I guess I can do that here ..... because these are just random thoughts that I can come back to some time in the future and expand on them. Geez... I wonder if anyone else has a problem of having too many hats..?? Oh, well.... another day, another hat..

Till next time . . . Stay Well, and See You Somewhere, I Hope. . .
Category: MLB
Posted on: March 25, 2008 12:32 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2008 12:34 pm
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