A Bulging Achievement

Well, Sammy Sosa hit a milestone home run last night, and Fernando Vina and John Kruk spent a few moments (ESPN spent far more time over the course of "Baseball Tonight" and "Sportscenter") touting the achievement.  They discussed Sosa’s Hall of Fame worthiness (of course he is, sayeth the experts), whether he’s a first balloter (not sure, sayeth the experts).  But one thing they didn’t discuss was steroids (the AP mentions it near the end of an ESPN-linked game summary).  Neither of the former players uttered one word about the suspicions surrounding Sosa, his "testimony" to Congress, or his physical changes that, in replays of his 1st, 100th through 600th dingers, were ridiculously obvious.  It’s like a time warp has happened back to ’98-’99, and all the ignominious, bulging history of those days has just been left for dead. 

It’s ironic, then, that on the day Sosa hits #600, fireworks went off over Arlington, Tom Hicks (who employs Sosa and paid for the fireworks) felt the need to carpetbomb accusations of someone else’s suspected transgressions, while Jason Giambi checked his calendar for openings.  All this as fans are encouraged to celebrate Sosa, as former players inflatedly gush over his "comeback". 

8 comments… add one
  • Most distressing to me about the BBTN “coverage” of the homer was Tim Kurkjian’s tribute that did not mention steroids a single time. The only reason Sosa’s HOF candidacy is in doubt is because of steroids, something Mike and Mike spent a good deal of the morning discussing (in between cow-milking clips, of course). Discussing this achievement on a news(-ish) program without discussing the perceived taint that achievement comes with is simply unconscionable, in my opinion.

    Paul SF June 21, 2007, 10:27 am
  • You know, when I realized that Bonds is just keeping a spot warm for ARod, the whole HR record chase really didn’t matter to me anymore.
    Sosa, and his ilk, know what they did. I think that they will be treated like pariahs by TRUE baseball fans for the rest of their lives.

    jp-sf June 21, 2007, 11:08 am
  • Well said, jp!

    nettles-yf June 21, 2007, 11:21 am
  • I cant believe how far BBTN has fallen in the last few years. it used to be one of the best shows on TV. I think the loss of Harold Reynolds and Gammons has taken its toll.

    sam YF June 21, 2007, 11:26 am
  • Losing Harold Reynolds definitely hurt, Sam.

    Regular_Brad. June 21, 2007, 11:38 am
  • I don’t condone the use of steroids, but I also acknowledge that it takes more than steroids to hit 600 home runs. Here’s an article about that milestone: http://www.thenewsroom.com/details/428794?c_id=wom-bc-bh – Brad from The Sports Desk at TheNewsRoom.com

    Akhillesu13 June 21, 2007, 11:58 am
  • “All this as fans are encouraged to celebrate Sosa…”
    Personality issues aside, why should fans (and baseball) celebrate Sosa and shun Bonds?They seem like two faces of the same coin to me.

    Andrews June 21, 2007, 3:00 pm
  • A fine question, Andrews. Perception of Sosa isn’t nearly as negative, and that might be for an understandable reason: perhaps Sosa is just more approachable, a nicer guy, and this has bought him leeway with the media and fans. I don’t know, of course, but it’s completely understandable that a magnetic or welcoming personality might soften the critics. In some ways, perhaps ironically, Bonds deserves some credit for having the strength to look at the media with a little disdain. The sad thing is that he almost seems to look at everyone with disdain, not just the press.

    SF June 21, 2007, 3:10 pm

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