Thursday, March 05, 2009


It is kind of hard to be a fan of Major League Baseball sometimes. It's a beautiful game (if a little on the slow side to the casual observer) of that there is no doubt, but it is going through its own powerful and destructive crisis of identity at the moment.

Take for example the two highest paid players in the game at time of writing.

What a picture those two make. One is a self admitted cheat, a steroid abuser who got away with it for years and, when finally found out, came out with a disgusting charade of phony apologies. The other? When he didn’t get the financial deal he wanted, he simply held an entire franchise hostage until he finally got his way. If you ever doubt that Manny Ramirez basically ‘stopped playing’ for Boston until they let him go as per his wishes, take a gander at his disgraceful at bat against Mariano Rivera and the Yankees, where Manny simply put his bat on his shoulder until striking out.

Alex and Manny, Manny and Alex, two fine figures and role models. Kids! Want to be the best? Take steroids! Kids! Unhappy with your current financial deal? Just quit playing!

Wonderful people.

Of course, before writing off baseball entirely, you have to maintain a sense of perspective. And humour. Believe it or not, there are people of lesser character even than that phony fraud A-Rod or that greedy simpleton, Manny. Take Ashley Cole, the Chelsea fullback, for example. Cole, recently arrested for being drunk and disorderly, is a good example of greed gone mad.

This is a direct quote from Ashley Cole’s painfully narcissistic auto biography explaining why the relationship with his former team Arsenal broke down. ‘Jonathon’ is Cole’s agent. Imagine Scott Boras with added slime.

"Ash! Are you listening?" said a virtually hyperventilating Jonathan. "I'm here in the office and David Dein is saying they aren't going to give you £60k a week. They've agreed £55k and this is their best and final offer. Are you happy with that?"

When I heard Jonathan (Barnett) repeat the figure of £55k, I nearly swerved off the road. "He is taking the piss, Jonathan!" I yelled down the phone. I was so incensed. I was trembling with anger. I couldn't believe what I'd heard. I suppose it all started to fall apart for me from then on. I'd trusted Mr Dein to push the deal through.’’

If you ever want to kill yourself slowly, try Cole’s book, after reading it you actually feel the need to take a shower, or swallow the business end of a shotgun.

Cole - Oozing class

How depressing is it that these idiots, these over paid cry babies, have become the role models for this generations impressionable children?

Maybe ‘Watchmen’ will cheer me up.

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