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A-Ro[i]d

Hey guys.

So for those of you who know me, you know that besides books (and ice cream. and good hair days. and cuddling with my pup.), my other true love is the Milwaukee Brewers. But even more than that, I am a baseball fanatic.

I can’t help it.

I was literally born into it.

In 1987, the Brewers had the longest winning streak that they had ever had. As my dad anxiously paced the Wausau Hospital hallways on April 18th, waiting for his soon-to-be daughter or son to be born, he couldn’t help but also be a little nervous about the current game that was being played in the waiting room, a game that would continue or end the ‘Crew’s’ 15 (15!) game winning streak.

At 4:13pm that day, yours truly was brought into this amazing world a mere hour after the Brewers had solidified their record-gaining winning streak.

Needless to say there were a lot of happy tears that day.

Growing up, I played tee ball. I played softball. I cheered on my dad, uncle, cousins, and friends who all played baseball. Some of my fondest memories were of long summer nights spent at the local ball park, the cold bleachers under my tush, a hotdog in my hand, and two teams battling it out for nine innings.

It wasn’t heaven; it was Sunnyvale Park.

And it was what I knew. What I loved.

I can still remember the time my dad took me to my very first Brewers game. I was five, wearing a baseball hat that swallowed my head and a glove that made Mickey Mouse’s hands look miniscule. As we walked into County Stadium, the sounds of the fans cheering and loud speaker booming, the smell of freshly cut grass and hot buttered popcorn, and a view of the most beautiful field that lay before me, so gigantic in my little eyes, completely overtook me, enveloping me in the magic that it presented. 72608_10151503324493116_1969820868_n

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I admit that when I consider the role baseball has played in America’s cultural history, I get a bit choked up. And when I think of the unmatched elegance and grace that define what was once referred to as “the national pastime,” I become emotional.

There is just something about it, something that I can’t quite explain. Yet anyone who loves baseball as much as I do knows what I am talking about.

Yesterday, as some of you may have seen and/or heard about, Alex Rodriguez, along with 12 other MLB players, were officially suspended for the remaining of the baseball season, all being found guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). A. Rod was the only one given a suspension that continues over through the 2014 season, a hefty 211 game suspension which is the longest given to any MLB player, one that in my opinion, is not long enough. After far more than 3 strikes, these players finally were given the out.

One of those 12 other players was none other than Ryan Braun, a Brewer’s namesake and former MVP. I lost a great deal of respect for this man. Not only did he disgrace himself, his friends, family, teammates and fans, but he also tarnished the greatest game there is: baseball. I realize people make mistakes; no one is perfect.  What saddens me is that he lied continuously and cheated his teammates and components, basking in the fame he had received when he knew all along he was obtaining it unfairly. He’s an unbelievable baseball player, but he needs to do some serious growing up.ryan-braun-meme

They all do.

Thinking about all the great names that have been involved with the South Florida anti-aging clinic Biogenesis such as Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco, Sammy Sosa, Mark Mcgwire, Jason Giambi, Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, it puts a significant dent in the sport itself. With the increasing popularity of steroids being distributed among baseball players in the Major and Minor Leagues, no one knows what to expect.

There is no doubt about it that the use of steroids in Major League Baseball have tainted the sport. Just think about all the questions that will remain unanswered specifically because of steroids.

Questions that come to my mind are: Would Barry Bonds still be the all-time homerun leader if he didn’t take steroids? Would the Giants have even gone to the World Series in 2002 if Barry Bonds didn’t take steroids? Would Alex Rodriguez have 583 career homeruns without the help of steroids or would Ryan Braun been rightfully deserving of the MVP in 2011?

With that being said, another argument can be brought up. Should steroid users be allowed in the Hall of Fame?

To me, the answer is a simple no. If someone is caught cheating, there is no way their names should be next to the greatest of all-time.

The world of baseball views steroids as cheating, therefore a player who cheats by using illegal substances wouldn’t fit properly in the Hall of Fame next to players like Lou Gehrig, Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, etc., who had tremendous careers without any help from drugs. Maybe the question should be, “Do steroid users DESERVE to be in the Hall of Fame.”

Different fans might have different opinions on the issue, but in reality, steroids have changed the game of baseball.

My wish is that these recent events will change, or at least make a dent in the use of steroids in the MLB (and other professional sports).

Let’s get back to the great game that it was.

The game that I know. The game that I love.

 

 

 

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Braun, Boys and Ben & Jerry

Happy Friday, yo!

Boy do I have some ranting and raving for you today.

To start off, I’ve got some raving news about my homeboy Mr. Ryan Braun. For those of you who didn’t know about Braun Gate 2012, I’ll give you a quick recap. Last year, Braun was accused of allegedly using some sort of substance (Braun never said what it was but ESPN reported last year that it was a mild form of synthetic testosterone) in and around the same time that the Brewers were in the playoffs. There were many rumors going around involving this accusation. Some said that he was roiding up, using performance enhancing drugs to, well, enhance his performance. Others said that he was playing the field (pun intended) a bit with the ladies and was prescribed medication for a case of the herps (GRODY!!). Whatever the reason, he was facing a possible 50-game suspension at the beginning of the season which would have totally sucked for both the former MVP and the Brewers as a whole. For months, it seemed likely that they would lose Fielder and Braun at the same time, at least to begin the season.

Fortunately yesterday, it was announced that Braun had been exonerated from these accusations. Like my friend Tyler put it, “If the pee sits, you must acquit.” I couldn’t have put it better myself. At a press conference that was held yesterday evening, Braun imminently stated that his first urine sample was tampered with and that he “would bet my life this ‘substance’ never entered my body at any point.” Although the Brewers, and Brewers fans (including moi) are a bunch of happy campers after getting Brauny boy back, they may be the only winners in this legal game. Braun didn’t “win,” because plenty of people still believe he used performance-enhancing drugs. The MLB certainly didn’t “win,” because a chain-of-custody issue with Braun’s sample was the reason the suspension was overturned – thus exposing a loophole in a policy celebrated by baseball officials as being the toughest in North American professional sports.

Even though Braun was ruled in favor 2-1, he still has a lot to prove. He must continue performing at an MVP level, or else critics will argue he was juicing after all. And he needs to do it without the feared Prince Fielder hitting behind him.

In that sense, Braun’s reputation – along with his team’s fate – will be at stake every time he steps to the plate. I for one like to believe that Braun was telling the truth, that he is not only a great athlete and team player, but he is a good, honest and decent person.  You can check out footage of the press conference and news updates here: http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120224&content_id=26834634&vkey=news_mil&c_id=mil

Personally I can’t wait to see what the season brings (only 35 days until opening day!!! Not that I am counting or anything. Speaking of opening day, my best friend Chris and I might be eating nachos and cheering on the crew at Miller Park!!! How amazingly amazing would that be?!)

Switching gears just a bit, I have got some major ranting to do. Many of you have asked how that date of mine the other night went. Ish pretty much sums it up. Me and, let’s call him Filbert (because for one, Filberts are gross and disgusting and two, he was a total nut) went out to a very nice italian restaurant. Let’s just say the best part of the evening was that I got a free (and very delicious) spaghetti dinner with all the breadsticks I could eat.

You see, Fil was a bit touchy-feely, always trying to sneak his hand on my leg or shoulder (which after casually moving away, AND telling him to stop, he continued to do. Ick. I am SO not okay with that.) He also was a bit drunk, even BEFORE the date started; his eyes were a bit blurry, his words slurred and I swear if I asked him to walk a straight line, he would fail with flying colors. Another huge red flag should have been the way he treated the wait staff at the restaurant (which was HORRIBLE! But so surprising seeing as he is a waiter himself. I mean, really? Seriously?). I usually give a person the benefit of the doubt, another shot before placing judgement, but this dude was lucky I didn’t go ahead and steal his breadsticks right off of his plate. He was freshly out of benefits. He had none. Zilch. Zero.

Oy. I know they say that you might have to go through a lot of frogs before you find your prince, but I haven’t met any frogs so much as toads as of late (no offense to the said toads I have run into). I am not totally opposed to the idea of dating, but for right now, I think I am kind of happy just being a single gal, with the exception of having my furry and four-legged boyfriend…

…and my two frozen boyfriends…

…both of whom I plan on getting up close and personal to tonight 😉

I hope you all have a great rest of your Friday!

Questions of the day:

Do you believe Braun is innocent?

What is the worst date you have ever been on?

 

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