When I was a kid, baseball was America's game. My memories linger around visions of classic summertime Americana; hot dogs on the grill, cold beer (or in my case Coca-Cola), sweet apple pie, and Vin Scully on the call from Dodger Stadium.
This year the Baseball Writer's Association of America failed to elect anybody to the Baseball Hall of Fame. This was partially because some all time greats were linked to steroid use. The steroid issue, however, only partially explains why nobody was elected to the Hall of Fame.
As disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong flirts with coming clean about steroids to Oprah and ostensibly all-time greats Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are shut out of the baseball Hall of Fame, the issue of "cheating" has become ubiquitous in sports.
We have a Hall of Fame filled with many players who played in a segregated era and said nothing, who either took amphetamines or looked the way while others did and probably even players who said nothing about the gambling and betting on baseball they saw around them.
Beneath the multi-million dollar salaries, glamorous homes, lavish vacations and designer wardrobes, these icons are human beings who will make mistakes just like average people. Yet there is something that sets these superstars apart: They have an image to uphold.