Ouch! Hot Fucking Stove League

Well now there’s talk that Congress might have another round of hearings about baseball and steroids.  My reaction?  It makes me want to fucking gag.  No really, I just threw up a little on my keyboard.  Here is a video reenactment done by the Scott Long repertory players.  And yes, I do have a Spider Man poster on my door.

Hey remember all the way back in February 2008, when the financial markets were on the brink of collapse, nothing was being done about the Middle East, and everything was falling apart in Afghanistan? At this vital time for our nation’s future, Congress decided this was the perfect opportunity to bring Roger Clemens in front of them.  Well now it is time for Senator Dumbass from the great state of Confusion to get a fucking clue.  We have a financial crisis that is gripping the world, so it’s time to let the frivolous shit like if ballplayers were on the diamond dope to be dealt with by their employers.   Now if Congress brought in the people who created 2 Girls and a Cup, so they could make an example of them for being a symptom of everything that is wrong with our society, I’m all for that.   Otherwise, get your asses around to hammering out a plan that will put our country into debt for the rest of our kid’s lives!

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Here’s the moron quote of the day, which comes from a Boston Globe story that was linked at benmaller.com.

I feel terrible for guys like Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Willie Stargell, and Frank Robinson who set all those records, and now these guys who have cheated are surpassing them,” said former Red Sox pitcher John Burkett, who faced Alex Rodriguez from 1996 to 2003. “It’s a shame.

Just like every other time that the subject of baseball and steroids has been in the news, a discussion of the indiscretions by players in the era’s before steroids is not even mentioned.  So you are telling me that the players of the past 2 decades are morally deficient in comparison to all the players who played before steroids were around?  Give me a fucking break.  Before even Cap Anson or Ty Cobb put on a baseball uniform, there were guys doing whatever it took to get an edge.  Stop with the fantasies about the good old days.  Willie Mays and Willie Stargell have been accused of not only using amphetamines, but actually introducing other teammates to them.   Say Hey it ain’t so, Willie.

You know who should be apologizing?  John Burkett, who despite making 11 million dollars during his last 2 seasons with the Red Sox, posted ERA’s of 4.53 and 5.15. At least Alex Rodriguez was doing everything in his power, in a league that was straining to turn their back on steroids, to earn his obscene contract.  Do the math, A-Rod was a fucking bargain in comparison to Burkett during 2002 and 2003.

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For those of you that are still hung-up on A-Rod being a cheat, let me point you to the bigger story.  Someone leaked information about a player who had taken a drug test that he was told was going to be confidential.  Now think about in your life, if at your job you were told you were to be hooked up to a lie-detector test, asked embarrassing questions about yourself, but hey, don’t worry, the results will be confidential.  Whoever is leaking this shit is a first-rate scumbag.

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Readers here know my view about how steroids are not a big deal in the overall way I measure a player’s all-time standing.  With that being said, it really surprises me that so little is mentioned about how the greatest natural home-run hitter of my lifetime is sitting on the sidelines.  How weird it must be for Ken Griffey Jr. to be looked at as the 4th option behind free-agents Manny Ramirez, Bobby Abreu, and Adam Dunn.  I watched Griffey Jr. struggle in center-field when he came over to the White Sox last year, but I give the guy credit for blending in well with the clubhouse.  The truth is the Kid has been pretty worthless against lefties for quite awhile, but he could help a team who just let him bat against righties.  While pretty much any other player of his stature would have a big problem with being seen as a platoon player, I think Griffey Jr. might be the exception to the rule.  If he accepted it, I think he could help an AL team as a DH/RF.

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In my 2008 Top 20 Music Releases of the Year, I mentioned how Girl Talk was the shit.  Incredible mix of hip hop with every rock music classic you could think of layered underneath it.  The video collage that has been done for each song is pretty incredible in its own right.  Here’s just one of the clips.

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