Obama spots the hard lesson taught by A-Rod…

February 10, 2009

(Copyright 2009)

Not so long ago I thought A-Rod was something you did not want to break in your car’s engine maybe, so that shows you how much of a sports fan or more specifically a baseball fan I am. But what is the big deal about Alex Rodriguez testing positive for drugs? Is it supposed to be a secret that major sports stars, professional and Olympic, take drugs to enhance their athletic capabilities?

I don’t know if all do, but we certainly know that a heck of a lot of them do or have.

We also know that to a man, or woman, they lie about it till they are finally cornered, and sometimes they still plead innocent with overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

To some degree, I almost don’t blame the professionals. What are they supposed to do? Everyone else (seemingly) is (or was) doing it. How can they compete? The owners of the teams knew what was happening, but they didn’t mind making the money that their star athletes generated. But when the word leaked out, to cover up their embarrassment and to respond to legal and public pressure they showed concern.

If everyone was sincere about wanting to rid sports, and baseball specifically here, of performance enhancing drugs, mandatory testing would have been set up long ago and anyone who came up dirty would have to go (regardless of their talent and value). That’s the way it is for regular people. Regular trade unions can’t exempt their members from random testing and the consequences, why should the baseball players union?

From what I have read and heard so far, a lot of fans are disappointed with A-Rod, and rightly so.

And I think President Obama, questioned on the A-Rod situation at his press conference, put it well. He said that it is a lesson for young people, that they can destroy everything they work for if they follow A-Rod’s path.

And really, that is what it is all about. You can choose to worship fame and money and self and cheat, with the gamble that you don’t get caught, or you can have pride in yourself and your reputation, along with self-respect and respect for your profession and those who look up to you (fans),  something that is worth more than money, something money can’t buy.