Here it is, my First BLOG!
It reminds me of the first time I played any type of sport. T-Ball.My dad had signed me up over a weekend and I had no Idea about it. He brought home a pair of extra samall baseball pants, you know, the ones that are so tight you 'd think the kid had a watermelon in his pants. We got in the old Caravan - a 1987 to be exact. we drove down to a small gravel pit baseball diamond, about a 5 minute drive from my house. When I got out, I was so nervous I almost wet my pants. My dad introduced me to the coach, and then all the other young kids, including 2 girls, sat on the bench and the coach explained exactly why we were there. the only thing I remember about the game was my 2nd time at bat. I hit the ball so far, it went under a huge bush out in left field that i guess was there to determine the foul poll. after running the 3 bases, my coach stoped the game because the other team was unable to find the ball in the bush. I got off third base and walked straight to the bush, dove right in, and found the ball and throught it back to the infield. All the kids laughed and I remember my dad telling me "Well atleast you know what your suppost to do when your playing outfield."
I think of that first experience with a competitive sport as I write my first post. I was nervous as hell to start a blog. will I be any good at it? will other ppl like me? is it worth my time? all questions I probably asked my self as I got to the diamond for my first time.
So as I start with this blog, I'd like to talk about Baseball, and this whole Steriod dilemma. Back in the day, I was a HUGE Roberto Alomar fan (his AIDS/ Ex-girlfriend story is just as crazy), but back when baseball was truely America's Sport, and EVERYONE I knew was playing baseball instead of hockey or football, Noone in their right mind would have thought that their favourite player was doing Steriods. I surely didn't think Alomar was doing it, Althought I always wondered how he was able to grab a ground ball, and turn himself 180 degrees in the air and get the batter out almost everytime!( I practiced that move so much!) Now this Alex Rodriguez show thats going on, I can't get my head around it. This guy could probably go down as the greatest player ever to play the game. but now that he's admitted to steriod use back in his texas days, Will he? So far, I think any player found guilty of using steriods should have the stats of those years they were using, be taken out of the record books. That would mean Mark Mcgwire and Sammy Sosa's amazing run at the history book and Hank Aarons home-run record should be totally erased. I didn't get praised for cheating on my Calculus exam in High school, why should these guys get to keep their records for cheating at the game they "apparently" love and cherish?
Now I know theres been a ton of players caught for using steriods lately, and their defense is "Everyone was doing it", but that doesn't make it any more excusible for them to do it. And for my sake, and the sake of all baseball fans I hope some of the greats aren't on that list. Like Ken Griffey Jr. Who's returning to the place he started his career with his Father. Seatle. Griffey's been one of the greatest pure hitter's throughout the 90's and early 2000's. Yes he's had is time on the IR, and if it weren't for those injuries, Im sure he'd be right up there within the top 3 ,if not at number 1 for All-Time Homeruns. That man had the purest most effortless swings I had ever seen.
So when Bud Selig is sitting at his desk, determining if he should take the eraser to the record books, I hope he thinks about all those players that have played the game they love, without having to cheat, without having to use a steriod to get the upper hand. Because when I was starting my young adolesence baseball career, my father told me "Do the best you can, and be the best you can, and that'll be good enough, your only human remember!"... To Bad A-Rods Father never told him that!..