Games Within Games

I guess I’m all caught up in baseball lately, so am probably not quite as music-oriented as usual. (But I will close with an appropriate tune.)

The deadline for non-waiver deals has passed and the number of trades made, coupled with continuing stories about steroids, makes baseball the biggest thing on sports pages this weekend. Of course, that suits me because I’ve been a baseball fan for a long time, even though I could bb57never play the game well. I was big and could hit the ball a mile, but when you seldom make contact it’s sort of irrelevant.

I only have one thing to say about steroids. I am in no way condoning their use — not at all — but I do have a problem with everyone being so surprised and so morally outraged, because they’re ignoring all the past instances of baseball players trying to find an edge. Whether it was Ty Cobb sharpening his spikes, teams trying to steal signs, or countless pitchers applying everything from saliva to Vaseline to the ball, rules have been stretched for as long as baseball has been around.

Cheating is cheating. You can’t wink at all those things and then get all in a huff about chemicals. Just sayin’.

The Spinners – “They Just Can’t Stop It (Games People Play)”


4 thoughts on “Games Within Games

  1. I hear what you’re saying, Geez, but it seems to me that a guy doping himself up like a racehorse is a different issue than old Gaylord Perry taking his emery board to a ball, now and then. I think it makes almost everything the guy does in the game suspect.

    Hard for me to look at Barry Bonds’ home run total the same way I do Hank Aaron’s.

    BTW, you look like a real gamer in the uniform.


  2. We’re not that far apart, JM — like I said, I don’t condone steroids. And it was kind of funny when the nail file mysteriously jumped out of Perry’s pocket when the umpire was checking him. (That was him, right?) But still…he was cheating, so I guess it’s just a matter of degree.


  3. And don’t forget, since Babe Ruth played a whites only game, a game excluding 12% of the population and therefore 12% of the best players, then 12% of the home runs he hit were hit off of inferior pitchers. In an integrated game, he could reasonably be expected to hit 12% fewer home runs, giving him about 630 for his career. Oh, and Aaron, take away the greenies and the other amphetamines that were so big in his day and how many home runs would he lose? And how about those fresh relief pitchers Bonds had to hit against from the 7th inning on, instead of the tired, dragging starters that Aaron got to hit against? I’m old enough to have seen baseball for 50 years, and I guarantee it, hitters face much tougher pitching in the last couple innings these days than they did in Aaron’s day. That’s why it’s ridiculous to compare. Bonds in his day and in the game he played was the greatest of his era. Aaron in his day in the game as it was played in his day was the greatest of his era. Ruth in his day in the game as it was played then was the greatest of his era. They all played on a level field because they all played against other players playing the game of their day.


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