Manny Retirement Underscores Hypocrisy
NOTE: this is an article by Matt Himelfarb. It is entirely his opinion on the situation, and not necessarily one I (Joe Janish) agree with — but, it’s a free country and we like to share all viewpoints here for discussion and debate. That said, direct your comments to Matt.
As most you are probably aware, the baseball universe is awash with news that Manny Ramirez has opted to retire following a second positive performance-enhancing drug test instead of facing an 100 game suspension.The news marks and ignominious end to an otherwise illustrious career.
As a 16 year-old who grew up watching Manny dominate in Boston, and later during a short stint with the Dodgers, I am shocked, and deeply saddened by this tragic news.
Not because I care that Ramirez, ZOMG, might have used performance enhancers. Again, mind equals blown. Nope. The real tragedy is how MLB’s draconian drug policy, implemented under pressure from our wise overlords in Washington, has driven one of baseball’s most talented and entertaining individuals into early retirement. What? You were looking forward to watching Manny play the Red Sox and Yankees in the heat of the pennant race this summer? Think about the children!
I’m not going to list the litany of moral reasons why Ramirez shouldn’t have been penalized, and the hypocrisy on the part of those in favor. God knows we’ve beaten the issue to death. But let me put it this way. It’s days like these I would love to be in a minor league press box with a bunch of major league beat writers while someone is on a rehab assignment. I can picture it clearly. Like most mainstream pundits, the irony would be completely lost on them. Most of them would be busy eating food and drinking pop, well on their way to a diabetic coma in the future (if they hadn’t reached that stage yet), occasionally stopping to vituperate Manny, lamenting how his steroid use marks the end of civilization as we know it.
Take, for instance, Jeff Pearlman- who predicted that the Mets will finish in last place this season- and, in general, is a waste of his father’s semen. Pearlman, the great social critic of our time, believes Ramirez, like every other steroid user, should be deported to Guantanamo for his victimless crime, or something like that. Hey, at least he’s consistent.
Pearlman, among other liberal causes, is also a champion of marijuana legalization. You know what? I agree with him on that, which makes his hard-line stance on steroids all the more befuddling.
And yes, I know there’s a critical difference between the government legally criminalizing something, and a cartel like MLB, or any other private business or what not, having consequences in place for certain offenses.
But to me, it all comes back to the same principle about personal choice, and the sickening hypocrisy on the part of those such as Pearlman.
In fact, Bill Baer, who many of you know here, from Crashburn Alley, has captured the issue as well as I could ever hope to. Take the time to read his work, and not the mindless drivel from toolboxes such as Pearlman.