Allow me to explain.
The yearly Grammy abortion brought us such terrible pairings as Radiohead and the USC marching band and Justin Timberlake, Al Green, Boyz II Men and Keith Urban.
I know, I know…JT, Reverand Al and Boyz II Men isn’t THAT much of a stretch, but Keith Urban? Keith Urban?!? And what was with him playing with B.B. King and John Mayer later in the show?
And the Pro Bowl?
Where else can you see Drew Brees or Eli Manning airing it out to Larry Fitzgerald? I used to LOVE the NFL Pro-Bowl. Love it! Now…well, now I forget it is even on the air. I can honestly tell you that (A) I forgot the Grammys were on this weekend until Saturday night and (B) I haven’t watched a Pro Bowl since Barry Sanders was dragging defenders into the endzone.
But how ‘bout this A-Rod story that’s been all over everywhere for the last two days…why are we surprised? Baseball teams are put together not by an awards show producer and not by a fan vote. They are put together by management convinced that if they can catch lightning in a bottle…they’ll win.
Or at least that was the idea when the Texas Rangers signed Alex Rodriguez to a multi-year contract on January 26, 2001.
Not even a year later, they brought back Juan Gonzalez to join him. And who were these two put together with? Rafael Palmeiro and Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez.
You see a pattern yet?
Let me spell it out for you…the 2002 Texas Rangers had four players on their roster that appeared on the infamous Mitchell Report. Reliever John Rocker was one and the others, you guessed it…“Pudge”, Gonzalez and Palmeiro.
Now, I’m no alchemist, but I’m willing to guess that the clubhouse chemistry there in Arlington was no different than in other ballparks. The scrappers (Michael Young and Gabe Kapler) hang out together, the Latin players (“Pudge”, Gonzalez and Palmeiro) hang out together and naturally (at least in my mind)…I’ve gotta think Rocker is hanging out with fellow crazy Carl “no one ever saw a Tyrannosaurus Rex” Everett.
I might be wrong about that last one…but I kinda have a feeling I know what circle the Dominican-raised A-Rod found himself playing cards before games and I'm guessing it didn't include a guy named Kevin Mench.
Guilt by association? Not always.
Suspect by association? Yes, for the most part. I mean, it isn't a coincidence that when Plaxico Burress shot himself in the leg, the dude that was with him that night (Antonio Pierce) was questioned. TYPICALLY, you can be judged by the company you keep. And often times, you're seen as guilty until proven innocent.
So where does that leave us? Do we treat Alex Rodriguez like the rest of the names listed in the Mitchell Report? What about those who Jose Canseco has outed in his books?
Of all the people I’ve mentioned (and yeah, I’m looking your way Thom Yorke, haha)…only one has tested positive at a time when baseball actually tested for steroids and human growth hormones. So why are we infatuated with A-Rod and his alleged positive test?
I mean, haven’t most of us gone ahead and suspected that EVERY professional athlete has probably done SOMETHING to help them excel? I know I have. And furthermore, I know I am not that concerned with a guy who might have tested positive for something that wasn’t even being tested for!
What I am MORE concerned with is the fact that of the 104 players that apparently tested positive in 2003…we’ve only heard one name. Why haven’t we seen the list? More importantly…why did we only see the one name, potentially the BIGGEST name in the first place?
As William Shakespeare once said..."something is rotten in the state of Denmark" and I guess only time will tell. And like so many other things that are discussed on this page…time will show how A-Rod is remembered.
Hall of Famer or "A-Fraud". Will he be the big name at the center of another potentially huge steroid scandal...or just the most popular footnote amid speculation?
Well, given the love affair that surrounds this guy (Hell, the University of Miami is naming their field after the guy), I’m thinking the latter.
And yes, I did manage to successfully reference Shakespeare, Carl Everett and Radiohead's impish front man all in the same breath. Your move, blog-o-sphere!