Friday, December 03, 2004

The Loss of Innocence

Baseball had been a constant in our lives, or at least we thought so. But the revelation today that some of the so called best players in baseball have been cheating to enhance their performance has ruined that. Player performance has become a variable, subject to what they are willing to introduce into their bodies.

Ignorance, as Bonds is claiming, is laughable. Anyone making millions of dollars per year by using their bodies, grasps what the risks are, as well as the rewards. For Bonds, the potential rewards and risks were evaluated, and he went for it.

If Bonds had any integrity at all, he would announce that he is retiring from baseball permanently. Then there would be no questions about how to look at the records as he approaches the HR total by Henry Aaron.

But we can be certain that he will not do so. For ego drove Bonds to take that extra step to enhance his performance. And his ego has tainted baseball for millions. Bonds failed in his risk analysis. For in the end there is there should be no reward for him. And if baseball leaves room for him to continue playing, there is no integrity in baseball left.


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