Ken Griffey Junior. About a week ago I was at a bar and I saw a program on FSN called “The Top 50 Collisions in Baseball History,” really an enjoyable program aside from one glaring, disgusting error. One of their greatest collisions was Ken Griffey Junior making Willie Mays look like Scotty Smalls catching a ball against the centerfield wall at the King Dome and breaking his wrist. I hadn’t yet had my first beer, but I went to the bathroom and vomited. I remember watching that live. That was the day that the best baseball player that ever lived shat upon his legacy.
Allow me to preface this. I don’t agree with what Barry Bonds, Raphael Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa, Mark Mcgwire or any of the other juice-heads did. The peddling of illegal drugs doesn’t interest me, and I’m in a profession where I see lives destroyed by drugs on a regular basis. I don’t differentiate between steroids and the methamphetamines ruining our rural areas, or the cocaine and heroin tearing apart our inner cities. Is heroin still a problem? The Lizard King says yes. For those of you skeptical of steroids being put into this category, tell that to the family of “The Canadian Crippler,” or the Marerro family. Steroids are a drug, and a drug which can lead to heavy depression with dangerous and violent results. For that reason I detest steroids. However, from a strictly baseball standpoint, I actually don’t understand what all the fuss is about. Is this really a game where we abhor cheating? Really? (Editor’s note, I hate Tony Danza strictly because he was a pretend second baseman for the Cardinals).
There are two things in this world that I know for sure: 1. Evolution is real 2. Barry Bonds knowingly used performance enhancers. Now, I know number one is still up for debate is some of the neckier parts of the country but I think number two is something we can all agree on. This case is now actually going to trial and Barry is screwed. Nobody in their right mind is going to believe that he took the drugs unknowingly. Maybe if the prosecution accidentally put a racist on the stand he would have a shot, but I can’t imagine the Feds making the same mistake as L.A. county.
So what is he supposed to do now. Its too late to get a good deal so I guess he just has to stick with his story to the end right? Maybe not. I thought ESPN’s Mike Salk brought up an interesting point the other day: blame the system. I know, I know. Just bear with me for a minute. I said the same thing. Sure its completely bullshit but the more I think about it the more I think that it could work.