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I honestly tried to write a coherent, well-thought through piece about this, but I could not do it.  I just do not care if guys used steroids at a time when there was no way to punish them.  I have no idea how these writers for Sports Illustrated and ESPN keep churning out article after article about steroid use.  It may be because I am young and grew up watching the Juiced Era and do not know any better, but I thought it was a pretty accepted fact that Ortiz was on something during his tenure with the Red Sox, and that was just the way it was. 

28 years old DH’s do not randomly add 122 points to their OPS, 76 points to their ISO, and almost double their HR/FB rate over night.  All of these people who are now crying foul are hypocrites.  No one said anything in ’98 when Big Mac was hitting home runs left, right and center.  They said nothing about Ortiz in ’04 because he was so happy go lucky and part of a great story with the Red Sox.  Instead they chose to pick on Bonds, who has been driven completely out of baseball.  The only people who should be allowed to criticize these “cheaters” are guys who brought up the issue a long time ago.  Off the top of my head, I can think of Jose Canseco and Rick Helling.  Baseball needs to leave what happened in the past in the past.  If they are really serious about cleaning up the game, they should work on things they can actually control, like players using PED’s in the PRESENT.

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Quick, name me one of the last five players to win the Roberto Clemente Award.  Bet you could not do it.  Edgar Martinez, John Smoltz, Carlos Delgado, Craig Biggio and Albert Pujols.  Why is this significant?  I bet you can name the pitcher who earned a six game suspension this week for losing it on a Gatorade cooler, the guy who was suspended fifty games for testing positive for a female fertility drug, and the player who last year charged up to the broadcast booth to attack an announcer who he felt had disrespected him on the air.  This trio of course consists of Carlos Zambrano, Manny Ramirez and Milton Bradley.    

In today’s media driven sports world, the malcontents and divas of baseball get way too much air time (I have not even mentioned Roger Clemens, A-Rod, Elijah Dukes, Brett Myers and a slew of other players making headlines for all the wrong reasons), while good guys like Melvin Mora, who distributes baseball equipment in his native Venezuela, fly under the radar.  In fact, if you type “MLB players charity work” into Google, three of the first six results are about Dukes being suspended by the Nationals. 

I am not trying to be hypocritical here, because I will admit I get a good chuckle when I hear about the latest shenanigans of guys like Bradley and Ron Artest.  However, this does not mean there is not enough web space to also recognize guys like Jack Wilson, who has been nominated by the Pirates for the Roberto Clemente award four years running for his work in the Pittsburgh community.

The Picture Speaks For Itself

The Picture Speaks For Itself

Everyone knows about Clemente’s charitable work for earthquake victims in his home country of Nicaragua, so why not Mora for his work in South America?  I certainly hope it would not take his death in a plane crash to get a little publicity.  In today’s world where negative role models like T.O, Jon and Kate, and Amy Winehouse (I cannot name one of her songs but for some reason know who she is) dominate the headlines, take some time to recognize athletes who are making a positive contribution to the world.

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