Friday, March 31, 2006

Baseball's Enron problem

We aare painfully aware that Major League Baseball has a steroid problem. Nobody becomes a hulking homerun hitter in their mid-thirties like Barry Bonds has or Mark McGwire and Jason Giambi did without a little help from the juice.

The problem, though, is getting someone to truthfully fess up to rubbing down, swallowing or shooting up with the stuff. The connections to where the juice came from are there (BALCO) but there doesn't seem to be a single player currently in the majors willing to step forward and admit that they or their teammate(s) used steroids.

It seems to be a case of herd mentality, nobody wants to step up and risk tarnishing their image of being a team player while admitting that baseball is flawed. These are not heroes, a hero would have the balls to admit to something. Nobody wants to billed as a rat-fink but their needs to be some accountability.

Baseball has been spiraling out of control for a couple decades now and with steroids being used to achieve many of the records set in recent times of the game, this will go down as a tarnished era for the game. Wouldn't it just be better for generations to come to admit that the records are meaningless? They are tainted, much in the way that the 1919 Chicago Black Sox gambling/game-fixing scandal tarnished that team for so long.

However, fans are all rubes. They are blind yet faithful followers whose heroes can do no wrong even if the fans themselves saw Joe Homerunhitter himself shooting up in the 7-11 bathroom. They would simply laugh it off and tell Joe that his secret is safe then plod off like the ignorant oaf he truly is.

There will be NO resolution with the latest steroid investigation. Baseball isn't a game or a sport any more, it is a BUSINESS and nobody would dare to expose a scandal within a business before the scandal ruins the investors. It's a bit of an Enron scenario that won't be resolved no matter how many 'independent' investigations take place.

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