This week’s award goes to two organizations over an issue that continues to plague Major League Baseball.
It won’t necessarily be popular, but my bosses have mentored me to take strong positions, if they are valid and need to be made.
The New York Yankees and Major League Baseball deserve this award in spades.
Jason Giambi trapped himself with comments he made this week which included:
“I was wrong for doing that stuff”
“What we should have done a long time ago was stand up — players, ownership, everybody — and said: ‘We made a mistake.’
“We should have apologized back then and made sure we had a rule in place and gone forward. … Steroids and all of that was a part of history. But it was a topic that everybody wanted to avoid. Nobody wanted to talk about it”
Self incriminating to say the least. But you HAVE to give it to this guy for having the stones to be the first active player fess up about his involvement with PED (performance enhancing drugs). What he said rings true.
As sports fans, journalists, and general media we always want to have a subject both ways. Same with this one.
Most of us are incensed with Bonds’ arrogance and alleged lying to our faces as he chases down the homerun record.
We were disgusted by players such as Mark McGwire testifying that he didn’t to rehash the past and wanted to move forward, and then slipping into self exile.
We were bent that Sammy Sosa suddenly lost his command of the english language at the same hearing.
We couldn’t believe the audacity of Rafael Palmeiro at the hearing who boldface stated he had never used them. Then later the next season he gets popped for a positive drug test. It became worse when he went rat on a teammate with a dubious tale that he took them without knowing it.
We whine for years that all we want is for someone to step up and be honest. When someone mans up and does it, the team and league tear after them like a Salem resident looking for a witch.
So why give the award to the MLB and the Yanks?
Both of these entities are culpable in their passive acceptance of this issue. The MLB is playing catch up and looking for someone to be the whipping boy. They have a suspected juicer about to break one of baseball’s most hallowed records and are paralyzed. They are looking for the perpetrators with their “investigation” at the same rate that O.J. is looking for the real killer(s).
The Yankees are equally disgusting because they seem to be wanting to dump a high salaried player that, although has figured out how to be productive in his post PED era, is still a mere shadow of what he was before he was identified as a user.
Some would give this award to Giambi himself, while others would give it to the Yankees, MLB, and Giambi.
The Sports Frappe gives it to the team and the league.