Part of the fun of the game is watching a manager argue with an umpire who he feels made a bad call. It's exciting to see a manager thrown out of a ball game. It's one of the things that gets fans "up" in a game. With Instant Replay it becomes a much calmer, less exciting game.
The Brooklyn Cyclones, the Single-A affiliate of the New York Mets, will soon rededicate the Jackie Robinson/Pee Wee Reese statue recently defaced outside their ballpark on historic Coney Island.
How do you react to a homophobic slur in front of your parents? Does "Gay-Rod" constitute a homophobic slur? Should I educate the guy about the damaging repercussions of the use of "gay" as an insult? These are questions I did not want to have to consider during my trip to the ballpark.
The Biogenesis case raises many other questions concerning drug use in sports. We live in world in which science and technology have altered the definition of what is normal, and blurred categories of what is or is not possible. These questions are not going away after the Biogenesis case vanishes.
Here's a suggestion for Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Weiner -- go away. Not for a week or a month. Leave us for a long while. Forgo the obligatory claims of redemption with accompanying photo spreads in national magazines. We don't believe you anymore.
The logic, if you can call it that, behind banning substances in professional sports is rooted in the same kind of intentions as our 40-plus year war on drugs.
You are not alone. I wish you strength and courage to remember who you are in the days ahead and in this spirit be remembered for being the best Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez you can be.
Baseball's black eye from the steroid-era seems to have no ethnic nor socio-economic boundaries. Monday's suspensions were levied on minor leaguers, journeymen, role players, utility infielders, All-Stars and superstars.
Dear Mr. Rodriquez, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge your recent comments about "fighting for your life." I would like you to understand what that profound, emotional claim truly means.
Fifty-three years later, it's time to admit that we screwed up with the Bay of Pigs invasion and that the embargo we erected out of our embarrassment has not worked.
There was talk that Alex Rodriquez would get a "lifetime ban" from the game of baseball for taking performance-enhancing drugs. It was never going to ...
I am not endorsing athletes to use PEDs. What I am advocating for is keeping the specter of steroids in the background. If we don't, we may forget about a period in baseball history where we must second-guess whether a player's impressive statistics were the result of hard work or pure athleticism.
As the title of this most recent exhibit indicates, the cards on display date from the so-called "dead ball era," a period when home runs were rarely hit, and when the small-change tactics of today's game were the chief engines of run production.
The Blogosphere is a-buzz with a rumor (which I started) that the New York Yankees are in last minute negotiations with Bill and Hillary Clinton about a potential trade of Alex Rodriguez for Anthony Weiner.
Now that Commissioner Selig has thrown the book at Alex Rodriguez, it is past time for sports media to stop giving a free pass to the man who is most responsible for having allowed the steroid problem to fester for as long as it did -- the commissioner himself.
The interview features Ripken's stance on steroids in the Hall of Fame, the widespread use of sabermetrics, current players he's kept a close eye on as well as many other topics.