Birthday...Blistering Heat & Baseball

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Thursday, August 05, 2010

Just a clarification from yesterday...the Bloggoversary date for The Couch is actually March 16th - which happens to be the wedding anniversary for Mom Joan and Dad Vince. Total coincidence that I began this blog on the anniversary of the day my parents married...


Head over to his place and tell him Vinny sent ya...

104 with a heat index of 122 yesterday here in The Home Of The Blues & Birthplace Of Rock & Roll...

I am not one to complain about the heat...I prefer it over being cold (cold to me is anything less than 70 degrees - and YES, it is an age thing), but this is stifling.

Thankfully the humidity is only 44%, so I just close my eyes and tell myself I live in Arizona with the sparkly DESERT SONGBIRD of "The Ice Box".

So, Alex Rodriguez hit his 600th home run yesterday. This should have been a huge deal with a big celebration, but unfortunately after he admitted to doing PEDs while with Seattle and Texas it is more like the explosion made by a cap gun.

Maybe if he passes Barry Bonds for the most home runs ever it will be different, but I doubt it.

My sport is forever tainted by players trying to get an edge on others....and yet, there is more of an outrage when a baseball player is caught than is made about football and hockey players.

Those guys are still using PEDs, yet Congress bugs baseball.

Now to be clear, I think Congress should keep its nose out of it all together, so let's get that straight.

12 Of Your Sparks

  1. Liz Hill Says:
  2. I would argue that the reason there is more outrage is because of the general touting of baseball as something 'pure and pristine' when in reality it never was any more so than other professional sports.

  3. DrillerAA09 Says:
  4. Congress should keep their noses out of a lot of things.
    As much as I love the game of baseball, and as much as I support the concept of free agency, it has ruined the loyalty in the sport. There was a time when a National League player would retire before considering moving to the American League. There was a time when team personnel didn't change very often and we rooted for teams. Now we root for cities and uniforms, because the players in those uniforms move so often. At the root of all is greed. Players move to make more money. They take PED's to make more money. Sometimes I think the fans love the game more than the players. Just sayin'.

  5. Ken Says:
  6. Just hold on a little longer Vinny, soon it will be bionic arms and legs, they won't need the PED'S

  7. Travis Cody Says:
  8. By "those guys", I'm going to presume you mean that there are individuals in other sports that are still cheating the system. Because in the case of football, there are stringent testing polices and practices, as well as penalties when these guys get caught. For me, I perceive that football is "doing it right" with respect to drug testing and education of its players more than baseball.

    Baseball has lagged behind in testing and penalizing its cheaters, and I think that creates more outrage for some of the public when those athletes get caught. When a football player gets caught, I perceive it is a result of diligence and education about the problem. But when a baseball player gets caught, I perceive it a little differently because baseball has seemed to take so long to acknowledge the damaged drug cheats to do the game.

    Drug cheats, no matter the sport and no matter the drugs, are a heinous blot on sport. I am equally outraged regardless of the athlete or the game.

  9. ...thank you, sir...

  10. Jay Says:
  11. Okay, I could respond to your attempt to claim that A Rod never used roids while with the Yankees, a team full of steroid users, but I won't. ;-)

    Personally I don't really care all that much about steroids in baseball. Especially their use before they were banned. The whole "it's against the law of the land" thing means nothing. They weren't against the rules of baseball.

    Lots of things are against the law, but not against baseball's rules.

    I agree with your point of drug use in other sports. Yes, they have testing, but not blood testing. And we all know the drug users will always be ahead of the drug testers.

  12. LIZ: I disagree about the "pure and pristine", but the records of baseball are more 'honored' than other sports

    DRILLERAA: Prior to free agency, the player were bound to the clubs without any rights of freedom...

    MICKEYT: Could be

    TRAVIS: Without blood testing I contend there is still plenty of football players using PEDs. No way are linemen supposed to be 400 pounds.
    BUT , as you said, drug cheats, no matter the sport are the ruination of sports

    PHINEAS: You are welcome

    JAY: I did NOT attempt to claim ARod did not do drugs with the Yankees. What I said was "after he admitted to doing PEDs while with Seattle and Texas"...I am saddened that the sport is so tainted

  13. CiCi Says:
  14. I don't believe in coincidence any longer. I think it is lovely to begin something that is a new adventure for you on the date of your parents wedding anniversary. That is really cool don't you think?

  15. Interesting discussion germinating at Sports Illustrated (both in the published version and online) about the "cheapening" of records because of steroids. One writer says all record books now need to be approached with a Sharpie so that the fan can circle those records (which he implies are now A LOT) that are called into question because of their lack of "cleanliness."

    As to our lack of humidity,'s the monsoon, so for several weeks it's been hot and muggy, but when the storms clear up, the temperatures soar. So today is a blistering "dry heat" day. C'mon down! ;)

  16. Oh, and "sparkly?" What the hell?!

    BTW, no news yet from my friend's ex. I sent the message, but I've no response. Yet.

  17. I've heard news of my friend. We'll talk soon. :)

  18. Travis Cody Says:
  19. Good discussion about drug cheats.

    I don't disagree that there are still drug cheats across sports, particularly in football. Many do get caught. Do testing programs get them all? Nope.

    But I do contend that football works hard not only to try and catch drug cheats, but also to educate about the dangers of using PEDs. I think that's important too, and I perceive it to be the reason why there isn't the same kind of outrage as there is when baseball players get caught, because baseball turned a blind eye to the problem for so long.

    Hey Jay - Against the law is against the law. Break the law, pay the penalty. Our laws say that using and distributing these drugs is illegal. So when these players get caught, they aren't just cheating their sports...they are committing felonies. So I disagree that "it's against the law of the land" thing means nothing. Murder isn't specifically laid out in the baseball rule book as being against its rules, but we'd still expect a ball player to be convicted and go to prison if he were guilty of it, wouldn't we?


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