The Melky Cabrera’s 50 game suspension for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs occurred on August 15, the day I left for vacation. I had no access to the internet for three days and wanted to wait until I returned home to figure it all out. My response was and is “Shame on You Melky!”
I mean haven’t these guys learned anything? Are they so desperate and stupid that after all the grief baseball players, and for that matter the entire game of baseball, have gone through with PEDS, suspensions and hall of fame concerns, do they think they’re the one lone infallible soul that won’t get caught? Good grief. Major League Baseball took much too long to finally take a stand and, now that they have, the rules are written and they need to be followed. The thing that really stuck in my craw was the nonchalance with which basically Melky answered, “I did it” and then didn’t have the guts to face his teammates. Nothing, nada, zilch, not a word.
The San Francisco Giants have had this albatross around their neck for a long time beginning with Barry Bonds (though he’s never admitted it) and several in-between dandies ending with Guillermo Moto’s 100 game suspension that ends this week. Is Barry Bonds guilty? Probably. But at this point does it matter? Baseball has to get past this and it starts with the players. It’s called personal responsibility and it’s something that’s sadly lacking in our new- age culture. Don’t like your boss? Sue him. Made a bad investment? Sue your broker. Your doctor didn’t quite fix your hangnail the way you wanted? Sue him. Nobody takes responsibility for anything anymore. It’s always somebody else’s fault. The players are paid huge sums of money to play the game and to play by the rules and it’s their personal responsibility to see that they do.
But here’s the crux of the matter, the redeeming feature of the story. The SF Giants are doing just fine without Melky Cabrera, thank you very much. Since his suspension the Giants have won 7 of 10 games and now lead the National League West by 3.5 games. They were tied with the LA Dodgers when Melky left. It’s possible Melky might end up winning the batting crown this year, but you know what? Who cares? Nobody remembers a batting crown champion ten years down the road, but for sure they’ll remember a 50 game suspension.
So you go Giants! And that goes for any other team who has to put up with this type of embarrassment. If you have a player who doesn’t play by the rules, who needs him? Who cares? Not this fan ~
- Melky Cabrera Suspended for 50 Games After Testing Positive for Testosterone (nesn.com)
- Report: Giants’ Melky Cabrera schemed to avoid PED suspension (mercurynews.com)
- Melky Cabrera Banned for PEDs: How Baseball Should Respond (straightouttawestwood.wordpress.com)