Everything was going so damn smooth for a while there. Baseball highlights would come on ESPN, and they would strictly be about the games. We’d see some trade talk, but nothing too crazy. I was completely sold; as a matter of fact, I was so sold that I attended a Rangers game for the first time in years on Wednesday night, even though they had their asses handed to them by Detroit, but that’s beside the point. The point was baseball was fun again, and was serving as a nice distraction, until NFL training camps started.
Well, baseball’s own demons have found a way to ruin the party once again. With all the good the game has going for itself, The New York Times decides to bring this stupid list, FROM SIX YEARS AGO, back from the dead. They dropped two more names that seemed to “rock” the baseball world. They are two of our favorite players over here at ETSF: none other than Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz.
People are making this sound like it’s a big deal, and that Ramirez and Ortiz’s legacies will be tainted. I happen to disagree. For starters, I just don’t care if baseball players are ‘roid monsters or not. It still takes an incredible amount of skill to do what these guys do, even with the ‘roids. Secondly, it was six years ago! This list was never supposed to get out, but now that it has, names are dropping, and they’re dropping, little-by-little. If you’re gonna name-drop, then do it all the way. I’m tired of turning on Sportscenter, and hearing about this crap for half the show. If people want to bash these dudes for what they did, that’s fine. If they want to say they destroyed the integrity of the game, I’ll laugh in their faces before continuing on with my day. Don’t expect me to join in on berating these dudes, because I really don’t care what they did.
Bottom line is this: the Boston Red Sox won two championships with these guys being an integral part of the team. That cannot and will not ever be taken away. As it pertains to Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, they’ll always get love by millions of baseball fans, and that will never change. Maybe if this was said back when it first happened, we woulda gave a damn.