[Marxism] steroids, sports and white racism
Dbachmozart at aol.com
Dbachmozart at aol.com
Wed Aug 8 20:59:19 MDT 2007
with apologies to those comrades from outside the US, Canada and other
countries where baseball is passionately followed --
from a friend --
Did you notice in 2001 that Barry had a big spike in his HR's? He was
averaging 40-50 a year and then all of a sudden 73.
If it was proven beyond a doubt that Bonds took steroids, I wouldn't be
surprised, but I do become livid when I hear white guys on sports radio insist
that their hatred of him is not racial! What isn't racial in this society?
Roger Maris hit 61 HRs in 1961 - he hit 39 the year before and never as much
after. Where is the questioning of that? How do you go from 39 to 61 in one year?
It's not like he played in a small ballpark in '61 -- he played 1960 and '61
in Yankee Stadium. Roger Clemens is 45 and still throwing over 90 mph - who
insists that "they know" that he's taking something? How about all the
pitchers over 40 still pitching and winning? Isn't that just a little strange?
As far as Bonds' record being "tainted", didn't people say when Aaron passed
Ruth -- "yeah he hit more than the Babe, but he needed 2000 more ABs to do
it". And didn't the players of the generation preceding Ruth, like Ty Cobb
feel that Ruth's HRs weren't legit because of the "live" ball?
I place all the blame on Major League Baseball for ignoring what all the
fans saw with their own eyes back in '97 or so -- that these players were
looking more like football than baseball players. And I don't blame the players one
bit. Since the age of 9 or 10 they've displayed freakish talent and were
advised by parents and coaches to put all their eggs into the basket of sports.
They breeze through HS and the minors, and then at the AAA level, they see
other players no better than they are suddenly bigger, stronger and hitting
lots more HRs. At that point, what do they do - stay "clean", fall behind the
competition, and maybe never have the career that they've been groomed for
their entire lives? Back in the mid '60s, before I ever heard of steroids, a poll
was taken of Olympian athletes where they were asked, "if there was a pill
that could assure you of winning the Gold Medal, but it took 10 years off your
life, would you take it?" 80% said YES! Times haven't changed much.
There's no way to go back and retroactively prove who did and who didn't
take anything. We had the deadball era, the liveball era, the Jim Crow era, the
lowered mound/smaller ballparks/over-expanded - dilution of talent era, and
now the steroid era. Maybe the embryo-designed in vitro era is next.
interesting reads --
SI's Vilification of Barry Bonds
White Noise and the Black Athlete
ESPN's Rap Sheet
The Wonderful World of Mike Greenberg and Barry Bonds
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