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Riding The Ray of Hope or Tito’s Revenge?

The Rays won Game #163 with David Price on the mound, and ‘underrated’ Alex Cobb is set to take on the Cleveland Indians for the one game playoff. Cobb’s been awesome since pretty much June. In his one start against the Indians he shut them down. which was also way back in April.

The Indians are putting their hopes in the arm of Danny Salazar, with all of 10 career MLB starts. Salazar has never faced the Rays, or the Red Sox, or the Athletics. He faced the Tigers twice, and struck out 10 the first time and blanked them for 6 innings the second time.

My theme has been pitching, and it’ll be interesting to see if Danny Salazar can have the Non-Cueto type of outing. The bats behind him are impressive. There are 10 players with at least 10 home runs on the year. However, Nick Swisher is notoriously terrible in the postseason. Will he finally break his own curse?

The Rays are also battling their own curse, of sorts. They need to prove that this core of players can not only reach the World Series again, but win it.

So which way will this go?

I’m going with the Rays knocking off Tito’s Revenge. It might be a pitching duel, but the youth of the Indians will do them in, ultimately. ┬áNick Swisher will continue his tormenting postseason failures.

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The National Baseball Hall of Fame, and Steroids

I actually wrote this after Alex Rodriguez came out and admitted using performance enhancing drugs. I think it still rings true, and thought it might be appropriate to bring back on the day Andre Dawson joined the ranks of the greatest ever. Whether Andre Dawson is or isn’t actually deserving of the Hall of Fame, is a whole different blog entry that I’ll address soon enough! I figure he should have his day in the sun without anyone soiling it. Speaking of soiling baseball…

Pete Rose isn’t in the Hall of Fame, but you’d be hard pressed to find a baseball fan who doesn’t know who he is. Until someone passes him as the all-time hits leader, Pete Rose will probably be more recognizable than some of the folks who are in the Hall of Fame.

Pete Rose may have jeopardized his teams wins because of betting. We can speculate and guess, but one this is for sure; Pete Rose’s respect and integrity for the game of baseball without a doubt is questionable. He was caught, and deserves the punishment he’s gotten.

I’ve read that some other HoF’ers were suspected of gambling or betting, but were never found to be guilty. They weren’t found to be guilty. They got away with it. WTF can ya do. You can only punish the ones who get caught. Whoever gets caught should be punished the highest degree, to deter someone else from even trying it.

No player linked to steroids and/or illegal PEDs of any sort should be in the Hall of Fame. No Bonds, Big Mac, Sosa, Clemens, Rodriguez, Pettitte, any of the 104 listed. By taking steroids, they took away their respect for the game, they took away the integrity of records. They lose. If it came out that Randy Johnson, Greg Maddux, Pedro Martinez, Jeff Kent, and God knows who else tested positive, I don’t believe they should be in the Hall of Fame.

If it came out tomorrow that Rickey Henderson is within the list of 104 players, I would want him removed from the Hall of Fame. Same with anyone else.

You should not win. Just because it’s rampant, doesn’t mean it’s OK. It shouldn’t be taken into context for the era. It’s SIMPLE. Steroids = No Hall of Fame.

If it isn’t that way, then baseball has lost the war on PEDs.

When Alex Rodriguez came out with the admission to using PEDs, Curt Schilling chimed in on his blog..and I took exception to what he said about ARod ‘manning up’.

In the interview A-Rod addressed the pressure of his contract, the culture of the Texas Rangers clubhouse, and he didn’t say anything after allegedly deciding to stop in the spring of 2003.

If A-Rod really were to ‘man up’, he would’ve come out in February of ’03, and made every effort then to be a man about his errors. Instead, he said nothing, and continued to lie about it even years after he allegedly stopped using PEDs.

If ARod wants to man up, he’ll give up his ’03 MVP to Carlos Delgado, and start showing up in the anti-steroid ads you see all over the MLBN. What’s going to happen? Nothing. I doubt we will see him making speeches about the mistakes of his ways, I doubt we see any major contribution to the anti-steroid campaign.

When we look back at this in 20 years, athletes who want to sacrifice their body for an edge will look to the success, the millions, and freedom from punishment that ARod will experience as the rationale that it is okay to do it. Who cares if your body is messed up when you’re old? If it means you can earn millions, maybe it’s worth it. It worked for Alex.

Cardboard Gods: A Review

I won’t lie, I’m a giant fan of the blog that was the precursor to the book, but here’s a short review of it.

Cardboard Gods: An All-American Tale Told Through Baseball Cards by Josh Wilker is a memoir written by a blogger turned author, using baseball cards he collected as a youth.

While many bloggers that have gone on to write books have simply regurgitated their blogs, the Cardboard Gods memoir is original content, separate from his regular blog by the same name. The book itself is great. Anyone with a passing interest and understanding of baseball will enjoy this book. Anyone who has an older sibling, perhaps a step dad or even came from a single parent home. His upbringing isn’t your typical All-American Tale, but I guess in that sense anyone who didn’t have an All-American childhood will be able to relate. Which means we can all relate!

His descriptive way of how a person brings home a pack of baseball cards was incredible, because anyone who can remember their card collecting days will recall the anticipation of acquiring a card of Roger Clemens or Barry Bonds(ha, how things have changed.).

So, it’s a great memoir with a baseball setting, but I wouldn’t call it a straight up baseball book. It’s a great summer read. 5 out of 5 stars.

You can find the book here and you can find Josh’s blog of the same name here. He has more information on the book and his book tour here.