Monday, October 29, 2007

Baseball Year in Review

The Boston Red Sox won the 2007 World Series. Mike Lowell was the series MVP. Baseball has been a game of big bucks of late and Boston's corronation continues that trend. If your team has a small payroll, you won't be playing in late October. The business of baseball has surpassed the game itself in importance. Even the shrewd small markets such as the Oakland Athletics don't have a chance against the high priced Yankees, Red Sox, and Angels just to name a few.

The main story of the year was Barry Bonds breaking the career homerun record. Alleged steroid use stayed with the story like a foul stench. Unfortunately, Bonds has been singled out as the representative of the steroid era. During the same summer, Alex Rodriguez, the epitome of the percieved modern athlete- overpayed, selfish, and a choke-artist in the clutch- was lauded for being the youngest player in history to reach the 500 homer mark. It's peculiar that the same suspicion doesn't hang over his head. Or over the heads of Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling, or numerous others. It feels that it will be impossible to ever enjoy baseball with the same pure enthusiasm as I did growing up. It's sad.

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