March 28, 2008 |
MESA, Ariz. -- The most reliable fans in America migrate here every spring, supporters of a team celebrating a complete century of failure. They bask in the informality of training camp, savoring a conversation or two with the men wearing the uniform of the Chicago Cubs. Derrek Lee, the Cubs' All-Star first baseman, hears from the fans about last year's playoff flop, this year's chances, how to pronounce the last name of Japanese outfielder Kosuke Fukudome. And steroids?
April 4, 2010 |
It's the allegory, stupid. It's a brand-new ballgame, sports fans, and I'm not sure how to watch it. In this opening season of the post-steroid era, I feel like a betrayed spouse determined to make the relationship work, struggling to balance experience against hope. Are my guys really clean now? If not, can I live with it? And I can't shake the feeling that baseball isn't baseball anymore; it's just another fading allegory for everything else. In 1954, deep into the Cold War, a leading historian of our national character, the French-born Jacques Barzun, famously declared, "Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball."
July 10, 2007 |
In a few days, or a few weeks, a home run record will fall. "I don't want you to jinx me," Alex Rodriguez said. Not that home run record, the all-time one, the one Barry Bonds will claim with five more homers. With six more home runs, Rodriguez will become the youngest player in major league history to hit 500. So, just as Bonds is a few days or weeks from breaking Hank Aaron's record of 755, Rodriguez could be a few years from breaking the record Bonds is about to set. "Now you're going to double-jinx me," Rodriguez said.
January 19, 2008
From the year with no World Series to his stoppage of the All-Star game to the steroid era, Bud Selig has never had an answer for any of baseball's problems. By making Selig commissioner for life, baseball has let all its fans know that it has no intention of changing anything. D.S. Adam Newhall
February 28, 2009
Instead of calling it the Steroid Era, it should be called the Selig Era. Mark Cortes Northridge :: I'm glad the Dodgers signed Orlando Hudson. I'm not sure it makes the team any better, unless he can pitch every fifth day, but I love hearing Vinny refer to him as "O Dog." Rich Minahan Huntington Beach
January 9, 2013 |
Roger Clemens wasn't surprised that he wasn't voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, and used Twitter to share his thoughts on the results, which were released Wednesday morning. "After what has been written and said over the last few years, I'm not overly surprised. Thanks to all the teams I've worked with and to fans and friends for all the fantastic letters, voice mails and texts of support over the last few years. To those who did take the time to look at the facts … we very much appreciate it. " No players were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame this year in a vote that seemed to be a response to the steroid era. Home run king Barry Bonds was named on only 36.2% of the ballots, Clemens on 37.6%.