Still on my ‘bucket list’ is a visit to Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown New York. 2013 has not been a banner year for America’s National pastime or for Canada’s Blue Jays who seem to be suffering a bad case of the ‘Toronto disease’ this year.
Not one modern day player made it into Cooperstown this year, and much of the news has been focused on those who will never make it because they cheated with performance-enhancing drugs. Sluggers like Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa don’t have a chance, and Alex Rodriguez who is still the most costly member of the New York Yankees will never get to Cooperstown either.
A-Rod already has Hall of Fame numbers, but baseball commissioner Bud Selig is determined to make an example of him, and chances are he may never wear the pinstripes again.
Baseball was very late into the game when it came to doing something about steroids and other juice that helped guys like A-Rod and Barry Bonds smack those record-breaking home runs. I’m not sure why they care so much at this stage.
Most baseball fans seem to have long ago abandoned the idea that professional athletes are role models that our kids should look up to.
For the most part they are regarded as spoiled, selfish cheats who are paid far too much money, for doing almost nothing. In New York, where the once mighty Yankees are going nowhere this year, a total of more than $50 million is paid to A-Rod and Derek Jeter.
The Yankee captain, who is clean when it comes to drugs, has played in only a handful of games. Rodriguez has not played at all.
If you love baseball, a better idea is to go watch the Goldeyes in Winnipeg or the Redsox in Regina, or maybe the kids on your neighbourhood playground. They deserve the attention and encouragement a lot more.
I’m Roger Currie