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103 reasons not to get too worked up

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 16, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

As we all know by now, there are 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003. There are apparently several copies of this list and the names could be revealed at any time.

What exactly would this accomplish?

Sure, Alex Rodriguez would have some company in the court of public scorn. But is anything going to change?

Some of the players on the list were surely in the Mitchell Report. Others are probably retired by now. Some were likely scrubs. This much we know: None will be bigger than Rodriguez.

Those players on the list can’t be suspended. They’ll apologize, take a few lumps and that will be that. The only way it gets dicey is if names like Jeter, Rivera, Pujols, Johnson, Ortiz or Ramirez are on the list. Even then, they’ll apologize and keep playing.

At some point — and maybe we’re already there — it becomes boring. Not one opposing crowd jeered Andy Pettitte last season. I find it hard to believe that by May or June, A-Rod will still be a pariah. People boo him anyway. Even Hank Aaron, the guy who got cheated more than anybody else, can’t get worked up about it. He said a few days ago that it’s fine with him if you consider Barry Bonds the home run king.

So next time I get worked up about this topic, feel free to tell me to take my own advice and shut up. Yeah, sure, baseball screwed up for a long time. Now get me to Opening Day.

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