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    http://www.blackathlete.net/artman/p...le_01654.shtml

    By Roland Rogers, CEO of blackathlete.net

    New York---Name me one American who hasn’t lied, isn’t unscrupulous or hasn’t cheated at something? Politicians, corporate CEO’s, doctors, lawyers, clergy? With all the controversy and new revelations swirling around Barry Bonds alleged steroid use I question the motives of John Q. Public and challenge why what Mr. Bonds has or has not done is still being vilified in the court of public opinion by a media for doing what so many us in our society did for centuries.

    The integrity of Baseball is a sham. From African Americans being denied the opportunity to play and forced to form its own league to the Shoeless Joe Jackson scandal, the Pete Rose debacle and the Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa fiasco. Baseball’s curse is a reflection of a society whose values have deteriorated to a point and mirrors a decay that has mutated across racial and cultural lines intrinsic to the fabric of our way of life once cherished. The Great American pastime has indeed passed its prime.

    Former and present athletes have come out the to denounce the current frenzy as nothing more than another witch-hunt. In spite of so call evidence to the contrary, The power structure abandon its current position even at the risk of seeing another Black athlete over take the immortal Babe Ruth’s total and relegating him to number three on the depth chart on homerun derby history -even though its presumed in some circles that the Babe was also Black himself.

    America has to take its own inventory and ask why is wining so paramount- whether in Iraq, in cities across the nation or in our hearts and minds. The evolution of baseball parallels the progression in society and judging by the current pulse we seem to regressing at an alarming rate. We need to take a good look at how we see ourselves against the backdrop of inequality, greed, anger and resentment. Pride is now the mantra and focal point designed to encourage and rationalize what we at home and abroad see as condescension -yet we lack the vision, humility and compassion when it comes to hurricane victims and homeless people who’s only misfortune was being born poor and uneducated in a country which allows it’s arrogance and self-serving importance free reign.

    Baseball is to blame for its travails-an institution that eats it’s young and most creative. Maybe if it stopped giving lip service and address the needs of the current historical belief like the controversy surrounding the new D.C stadium, built on the backs of inner-city residents taxes with no substantial compensation real or imagined, a lack of minority owners, black umpires, players and front office positions maybe the Barry Bonds incident could become just an asterisk, as Mr. Selig dreams, in his delusional land of the hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. It’s an enigma that engulfs the entire country.

    Egotism, superiority and greed dominate the ballparks across America and compromise in any proportion is distance and remote at best. The bottom line in the past is here to stay the future is to keep the status quo. No rocking the boat of financial enslavement. If one happens to slip through the cracks either co-op them into man servants or leave then adrift as entertainers and ostracize them from their own inner society.

    What Mr. Bonds is saying is what’s good for gander is good for the goose. Hypocrisy is a two way street. The Golden Egg is surpassing Hank Aaron’s all-time record for homeruns in a career and Baseball’s guilt complex will allow him to get away with it. Barry has always been above the law.

    In the immortal words of Frank Sinatra and John Gotti,

    He did it his way!

    In an era of performance enhancing drugs from Viagra to Botox magnify our predicament. "Baseball’s Comeback Player of The Year" Award is now sponsored by Viagra. In an ironic and damning twist, the 2005 AL "Comeback" Player of the Year was Jason Giambi’s, Bond’s fellow cohort.

    Back when Babe was playing alcohol was the drug of choice and he abused it. Why blame just Barry? Society, the government, news media should all be held accountable for this win at all cost lifestyle. As long as we continue to support values that infringes on the rights of people for individual enrichment we will reap the karma of those decisions.

    Barry and Baseball, two peas in a pod…
    Sadly, I have to say I agree with the majority of what he says here and I don't just blame Barry.
    "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
    Carl Yastrzemski

  • #2
    Originally posted by runningshoes53
    http://www.blackathlete.net/artman/p...le_01654.shtml

    By Roland Rogers, CEO of blackathlete.net



    Sadly, I have to say I agree with the majority of what he says here and I don't just blame Barry.

    Sounds to me like he has a problem with skin color more so than the steroids issue. I can say that with no fear of having to apologize or losing my job. I can call it just the way I see it.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by runningshoes53
      http://www.blackathlete.net/artman/p...le_01654.shtml

      By Roland Rogers, CEO of blackathlete.net



      Sadly, I have to say I agree with the majority of what he says here and I don't just blame Barry.
      Tell me he didn't write this word-for-word, that there were mistakes made in the recopying
      Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by RuthMayBond
        Tell me he didn't write this word-for-word, that there were mistakes made in the recopying
        Word for word.
        "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
        Carl Yastrzemski

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        • #5
          Originally posted by runningshoes53
          Word for word.
          I'd have more respect for a CEO if he didn't have about two dozen grammatical/spelling mistakes in such a short writing h
          Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
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          • #6
            I agree with him on Jason Giambi. What a farce giving that guy the Comeback Player of the Year. Comeback from what? Injecting his ass with BALCO's latest and greatest. I wouldn't be at all surprised if that guy was taking something else to help him skirt the system.
            "Batting slumps? I never had one. When a guy hits .358, he doesn't have slumps."

            Rogers Hornsby, 1961

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            • #7
              Baseball is to blame for its travails-an institution that eats it’s young and most creative


              get off it man.baseball is not to blame its a damn game.BLAME PEOPLE.blame a me first society,blame lack of morals being taught in the home but dont blame a game.


              I'd have more respect for a CEO if he didn't have about two dozen grammatical/spelling mistakes in such a short writing
              a typical ruth may steroid response.cant win the argument pick on the spelling.lol

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              • #8
                i think that you would be shocked, rhumba man, at the writing skills of many ceo.

                the position of ceo is all about money: how much can be brought in, how much can be made.
                besides, mediocrity has long been rewarded in this country.

                how does the emotional plea of the words of rogers affect you?
                "you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. just get people to stop reading them." -ray bradbury

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                • #9
                  ironically, wogs, you pick on rmb for addressing the look of the words.
                  wrongly, you believe that rmb is always on the lookout to "win" with his posts.
                  wrongly II, hardly ever do you best rmb.
                  "you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. just get people to stop reading them." -ray bradbury

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by west coast orange and black
                    i think that you would be shocked, rhumba man, at the writing skills of many ceo.

                    the position of ceo is all about money: how much can be brought in, how much can be made.
                    besides, mediocrity has long been rewarded in this country.
                    But enough about the Cubs I thought being a CEO had to do with a professional image, and has the guy heard of a secretary/proofreader?

                    <how does the emotional plea of the words of rogers affect you?>

                    He's got a lot of good points
                    Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by RuthMayBond
                      But enough about the Cubs I thought being a CEO had to do with a professional image, and has the guy heard of a secretary/proofreader?

                      <how does the emotional plea of the words of rogers affect you?>

                      He's got a lot of good points
                      Yea if one goes on for so long he has to have some good points but he still pushes the black issue. I'm not buying into that one. Are there some whites who do not like Barry because he is black, sure what about it, thats not the issue. If we listen to Rogers he makes the general statement that Barry is being viewed unfavorably by large numbers simply because he is black.

                      I find his comment about Ruth and others drinking when it was against the law a real laugher. Who was not drinking in the 1920s was that the same as doing steroids or greenies to boost ones numbers in any sport, he's kidding.


                      I'm sure there are a number of blacks pulling for Barry just as some whites pull the other way. I would think most, in particular baseball fans are not making skin color the issue.
                      Last edited by SHOELESSJOE3; 03-15-2006, 04:04 PM.

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                      • #12
                        After reading this a second time I don't think it would get higher than a "C" grade in any HS English class, or a "D" in any college Writing Composition class. If I read that network's articles on a regular basis I might wonder who is he to be calling the kettle black, based on this long run-on sentence.

                        For over 100 years, writers have been saying esssentially the same thing about baseball. Every time a new scandal comes along we are delivered the sermon about how baseball is past it's prime etc. But the sport still forges ahead from generation to generation.
                        "He's tougher than a railroad sandwich."
                        "You'se Got The Eye Of An Eagle."

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