I was pretty offended when Torii Hunter said that Latin Americans were "impostors" and that baseball uses them to pass off as Black or something like that. I believed him, however, when he said that the media picked up on only part of the story and decided to run it negatively.
But I'm not as mad at him but rather the people that don't know what ethnicity Vladimir Guerrero is. Obviously, they are just looking at skin color and asking moronic questions. if they had some kind of common sense, they can use context clues (such as a Guerrero last name?!) to at least start stumbling along the right path. But no, people remain ignorant, which should be the focus of the story.
Now, out of all people, Ozzie Guillen said something smart. When he brought up the point that scouts don't want to go to the inner-city to watch these kids play, I loved the point that Guillen brought up: try going to South America and see who wants to scout around there.
I'm just glad that Hunter cleared up what he had to say, because for a moment, he looked as ignorant as people asking what race Vladimir is.
The Yankees, once again, have a tighter clench on baseball than the butt cheeks they get their steroids shots at.
In light Mark McGwires "revelation" about his steroid use, I'd like to take a closer look at the Yankees that have admitted using it as well, although they seem to get a pass because they're winning championships. I think everyone forgot that the cornerstone of that organization today, A-rod, was "young and stupid" for using 'roids. Great excuse, next time cops stop me from doing something illegal (which happens alot oddly enough) I'll give em the A-rod. But lets take a more closer look at this Yankee phenomenom:
Jason Grimsley- 2000- Radomski sold him HGH. The Yankees beat the Mets (sigh) for the World Series.
David Justice- 2000- Paid Rodomski fro HGH kits. Yankees are in the World Series.
Mike Stanton- 2001- He met Radomski while on the Yankees.
Chuck Knoblauch- 2001- McNamee allegedly injected him. The Yankees made it to the World Series, losing to the Diamondbacks.
Gary Sheffield- 2003- He had just finished his last season in Atlanta, he went to the Yankees. Used cream from BALCO. Yankees lost in the World Series.
Jason Giambi- 2001- Admitted to shooting himself up, the year he ended up on the Yankees.
This is not to mention Yankee greats such as Roger Clemens and Andy Petetite, along side Alex Rodriguez.
This serves as a reminder to baseball fans that a bunch a cheaters have been winning the World Series for the past decade. Leave McGwire alone, he's no longer playing and he'll have an asteriks next to his name. The same way the Yankees should have it next to their trophies.
Look - I hate the Yankees just as much as the next Sox fan but this story/blog is no good. One thing I've been careful about is not to go crazy into steroid talk. It was widespread across the league - other teams won championships too. You never know what other Sox players did it or who are on that list of 103 (or so) remaining names. The Sox won it in 04', do you really think there's 0% chance that someone did something to get an edge or maybe even in 07'? Decades ago it was greenies, then the steroids soon it will be something else. Teams getting an edge has been around since day 1. This article/blog just makes the Sox fans look bad trying to make excuses of why they (Yanks) were better than us this year rather than tippin the cap and saying it wasn't our year. I for one would rather do the talkin with winning than making excuses of why the Sox didn't win. Also less you forget there are a few names on that Yank list that played for the Sox as well and we didn't win in the years we had them. I'm not one that cares about these roid users getting into the HOF either. After long thoughts on the subject it is well known of the era so fans will take the recent class' of the HOF with a grain of salt. Also note that there are known and admitted cheats currently in the HOF. - So enough the the roid talk ...View More...View Less
The purpose of this blog was to raise awareness that ALOT of Yankees in the past years have used steroids and that they seem to get a "pass" because they're the Yankees. I never made generalizations that roids came only from their players and clubhouse. Also, I'm not attributing their winning to steroids because they lost in a couple of World Series. I just think its sickening that people are ok with it. If its considered cheating, then punish them. If its not, then let everyone shoot up and see who hit the longest homerun. But people cherry pick who to punish and who not to. ...View More...View Less
Absolutely. I was just amazed at the high calibur players like A-rod, Clemens, and Pettite openly admit it and continue to help championships. Even more stupifying is that the Yankee clubhouse seemed to be a stronghold for all the roid abuse.
01/13/2010 9:14 AM
These are all instances where we press the little red button on our DVRs, Time Warner/On-Demand recordings, VHS time machines in order to record such rarities. Today, October 5, 2009 is such moment. Sports, nay, GLOBAL history will never be the same once we finally resolve the Days of Our Lives-esque drama that Brett Farve has inflicted upon the NFL. The media has beaten this dead horse worst then Kentucky Derby losers. But finally, all the juicy, non-sensical details will be played out in Minnesota (didn't think there was anywhere more boring to play this game other then Wisconsin. I think it makes it even more exciting!)
I've decided to create a time journal, influenced by Bill Simmons from ESPN. He does these kind of entries that I find hilarious and easy to relate to because we (the sports fanatics) are watching the same game universally sychronized. It's fun to see what sports fans are doing while the game is happening so just pretend I was there watching the game (in a non-creepy way) with you all.
8:28 I just switched the channel to catch picks by 12 different announcers. Chris Carter is the only one who made sense by saying this would be a classic. 7 out of the 8 chose the Vikings. Green Bay gets no respect.
8:38 They showed a clip of Farve as a baby. Nothing says drama like a mini Farve. However, ESPN showed highlights when Farve's father died and came to light up the Raiders. Unforgettable indeed.
8:44 Packer ball. I have to wait to see Farve go against his old team. Dammit
8:47 Aaron Rodgers threw a Farve like laser. Pretty impressive. The student has become the quarterback.
8:53 Farve facing his old colors. The first play: AP run. Good idea.
8:57 Farve first pass to Berrian. Let the drama commence!
9:03 Farves play action pass to Shiancoe is the first TD he threw against his own team. Its like watching an auto goal in soccer only less funny.
9:11 Rodgers showing off that he gets down like the old Farve. 62 yarder to donald Lee. Lee made a hell of a run.
9:16 Farves 421st record TD came against the Vikes graphic is displayed. More drama then TNT commercials.
9:18 Two disgustingly bad throws. Farve showing his age. Kinda makes me wonder if the Vikes thought he was really the answer. The guy is more washed up then the Levis he's always promoting. Or is he?
9:28 Packers go for it on 4th down and make it. Sick deflection pass caught by Jennings. Only to be brought back by a great into by Winfield.
9:38 I'm growing weary. Yes Peterson is a shapeshifter like one of things from True Blood but throw the ball Farve. Its YOUR night!
9:45 I got my wish baby! Farve throws another TD. Cheeseheader are getting green of envy and mold.
9:51 I know its Monday Night Farveball but Jared Allen has made more motions with his hands then a crappy-ass magician. Not sure what his celebration means, but he's sacked Rodgers like a lunch.
10:00 Almost bedtime and I'm not going to lie, I'm pissed off. Don't get me wrong, the Farve hyped is all what it was cracked up to be but I have Rodgers and Grant on fantasy teams and I'm pretty sure their putting up negative numbers by now.
10:01 Screw this, I'm losing an undisclosed money wager with some douchebag on my fantasy team. Good for your Farve, you've lit up your team in a what seems to be a winning effort.
The rest is football history. Packers lose to Farve. Weird. But dammit this was better than ER season finale!. Definitely worth watching half way through the game until a losing money pissed me off enough to stop watching