Play Alex Rodriguez and Let the Games Go On

Baseball, and Drugs
Once again, the story about Alex Rodriguez has found a place in the news cycle. With Egypt on the verge of political collapse and many blaming the United States for pouring gasoline on the fire, it would seem that news organizations would have come to the conclusion that enough is enough with regard to A-Rod’s alleged drug usage. Especially given the fact that professional sports will soon be forced to eliminate its prohibition on performance enhancing drugs if it expects to survive.

Those paying attention have seen numerous talking heads on TV pointing out that labs like Biogenesis always seem to be able to stay two steps ahead of the detecting practices of the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB. That being the case, the only thing that the various organizations will be able to do in the future is continue to alter the record books and their respective Halls of Fame whenever it is alleged—if not proven to any reliable standard—that someone like Rodriguez used performance enhancing drugs. As the years and decades pass, the detecting practices will no doubt fall even further behind the masking procedures. This will result many professional athletes making it through entire careers without getting caught. It is probably safe to say that many have done so already, and the future seems far brighter for the wrongdoers than it does for the professional athletic organizations.

Therefore, rather than besmirch the names of some of their best athletes—and biggest draws!—the powers-that-be in the various organizations will no doubt come to terms with the problem by simply eliminating the prohibitions. There are no doubt few who still believe that professional athletics is a place to find role models and heroes. In this age of multi-million-dollar contracts and even more profitable endorsement deals, just about every football, baseball, basketball, and hockey fan knows that it’s all about money. Since the witch hunts currently plaguing professional athletics tend to get in the way of that prime objective, the bans on performance enhancing drugs will soon be lifted. Indeed, the Rodriguez case may one day go down in sports history as the beginning of the end. Given the fact that A-Rod is the highest paid athlete ever, it only seems fitting that he be the poster child for the end of prohibition in the pros.

If these bans are not lifted and the witch hunts are allowed to continue, how much longer will baseball fans be prepared to watch as one of their heroes is relegated to the unenviable role of tattle tale by such renowned news programs as 60 Minute? According to this award-winning newsmagazine, Rodriguez used documents he received from Biogenesis to “implicate Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun and Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli.” In prison, there is a word for such an action—it’s called “snitching.”

Will the blue-collar fans that idolize Rodriguez and his contemporaries continue to do so now that they are being forced sit and watch as those idols squeal on one another? If those fans decide to boycott games, however, who will suffer the most? That’s right, the people who own the teams. It is not very likely, then, that owners will continue to watch as the witch hunts continue to destroy the games from which they have profited so greatly. Better, they will no doubt conclude, to let the players destroy themselves that the games might live on…in perpetuity!

Written By: William Chaplar

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