Today walking around Dodger Stadium I noticed some fans wtih t-shirts saying “Free Manny” or “I Support Manny” Someone asked where they got the t-shirts and they said someone outside the stadium was selling them for $5. I was left wondering if those people bought the t-shirts because it was $5 or because they think is OK to cheat with steioids. I don’t condone steroid use, to condone it would be to say “is OK to cheat.” Is it OK for kids to cheat on their exam? No! Is unfair for those that have worked hard to take those exams.
It is unfair for those players that have stayed clean and continue to stay clean even with all the steroids being used around them. It reminded me of what Jeff Kent said during his retirement speech when asked what he thought about this whole steroid issue. He said “The integrity of the game has been jeopardized for so many years, and I’m embarrassed about the steroid era.” He also said “I saw it around me what could I do but work harder to compete.”
If you have read my post you know that I met Manny and found him to be so nice. But just because he was nice to my friends and I does not mean he gets a pass with me. It also bothers me that he has not addressed his teammates. If he needs more time for that, Ok take it but do address your teammates.
I gave Barry Bonds and all involved with steroids a hard time and Manny is not getting a free pass with me just because he is a Dodger. I also hate that only after players get caught using steroids is when they apologize and they say how sorry they are. Are they truly sorry or sorry that they got caught? I am disgusted with all the players that have cheated this great game but especially with those that already had great abilities.
Is a sad day in baseball but like Vin Scully said today in his broacast “no one man stops baseball.”