Tuesday, July 23, 2013

"I am Shocked To Learn There Is Gambling Going On Here!" (Claude Rains in "Casablanca")

Perhaps Ryan Braun should have kept his mouth closed all along.  From the Commissioner to the players to the media covering the game, baseball and its minions have always tolerated cheaters...provided they don't protest too much.

How do I know this?  Barry Bonds, the fellow who concluded one season late September resembling Olyve Oil and returned for sprint training the following season looking like Popeye.  His performance was enhanced and everyone just stood their in awe and belief.  At least publicly.

Yes, indeed, just don't protest too much.  Mark McGwire and Raphael Palmeiro could have told you all about that, Ryan.  Don't wag your finger or hold up your right hand.

Ryan Braun denied he was a cheater for nearly two years before finally capitulating yesterday and saying, yes, he deserved to be suspended for the rest of the 2013 season and post-season.  Now the holier-than-thous are all over him.  Did you expect anything else? Is Braun the only player to seek an edge from a bottle, syringe or ointment in the last few years?  If you believe that, I have a bridge....