Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Day Your Heroes Turn To Shit, Right Before Your Eyes...

I am a baseball fan.

The Mitchell Report, as it has been dubbed by the media, came out today and well, baseball as we know it probably came to an end. The usually suspects were on the list, including Bonds, Giambi and the summer sweetheart story that turned into dried poop quickly, Rick Ankiel. But there were a whole bunch of others on the list (from Yahoo! Sports):

Major League Baseball players with links to performance-enhancing substances named in the Mitchell report.
View the report (PDF)


Chad Allen
Mike Bell
Gary Bennett
Larry Bigbie
Kevin Brown
Alex Cabrera
Mark Carreon
Jason Christiansen
Howie Clark
Roger Clemens
Jack Cust
Brendan Donnelly
Chris Donnels
Matt Franco
Eric Gagne
Matt Herges
Phil Hiatt
Glenallen Hill
Todd Hundley
Mike Judd
David Justice
Chuck Knoblauch
Tim Laker
Mike Lansing
Paul Lo Duca
Nook Logan
Josias Manzanillo
Cody McKay
Kent Mercker
Bart Miadich
Hal Morris
Daniel Naulty
Denny Neagle
Jim Parque
Luis Perez
Andy Pettitte
Adam Piatt
Todd Pratt
Stephen Randolph
Adam Riggs
Armando Rios
Brian Roberts
F.P. Santangelo
Mike Stanton
Ricky Stone
Miguel Tejada
Ismael Valdez
Mo Vaughn
Ron Villone
Fernando Vina
Rondell White
Jeff Williams
Todd Williams
Steve Woodard
Kevin Young
Gregg Zaun


Manny Alexander
Rick Ankiel
David Bell
Marvin Benard
Barry Bonds
Ricky Bones
Paul Byrd
Ken Caminiti
Jose Canseco
Paxton Crawford
Lenny Dykstra
Bobby Estalella
Ryan Franklin
Jason Giambi
Jeremy Giambi
Jay Gibbons
Troy Glaus
Juan Gonzalez
Jason Grimsley
Jose Guillen
Jerry Hairston Jr.
Darren Holmes
Ryan Jorgensen
Wally Joyner
Gary Matthews Jr.
Rafael Palmeiro
John Rocker
Benito Santiago
Scott Schoeneweis
David Segui
Gary Sheffield
Derrick Turnbow
Randy Velarde
Matt Williams

Also linked here is the Mitchell Report in PDF.

Here's what I think... All the heroes I grew up with are somehow gone. I feel faked. I remember searching through some packs of 1986 Topps Baseball Cards at 12 years old looking for Roger Clemens. I remember getting the 1987 Topps Baseball Set featuring, McGwire (who shockingly is not on the list), Canseco, Palmeiro, Bonds, etc. All those guys, so promising as rookies really screwed it all up. All those guys should be in the Hall Of Fame. Now they aren't going to be. I took a few years to pass judgment on Bonds. I gave him the chance... the benefit of doubt. I mean, he could have been a target. But now you look at all those names and you are like, "Shit! Those son of a bitches."

What can be done? Well... Nothing. Absolutely nothing can be done here. It's broken and can't be fixed. The records are shot or overblown. No way we can ever say we were treated fairly.

A surprise name on the list is a little known player, FP Santangelo. This is dude is a local radio jock on Sports 1140 AM. I am calling that guy out. He needs to come onto the radio tomorrow morning and tell us all what he did, why he did it and what should we think about him. This guy was nobody as a player, but now he is the resident color man on the morning show. He should tell us all why. I am calling the bastard out. Here is his radio show page. Let's all email him and tell him what a fake he is. I am serious...not that his shitty assed baseball career amounted to much. This is a public figure now that he is on the radio... I am sure he has talked about this a lot over the last few years here in the morning. Man up dude... Come clean tomorrow in the morning... Tell us why. Little kids look up to athletes and now we find you all are cheats.

Baseball is a joke.

You suck FP.

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