Written by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)
Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
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Last year, Miguel Cabrera won the Triple Crown (hitting, not horse racing), the first since Carl Yastrzemski did it in 1967, and already has 41 dingers to his name this season. Amazingly enough, nobody in the sports world seems to be at all suspicious of his amazing string of success at the dish. Meanwhile, Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles has hit 46 round trippers this season and everyone is demanding that he “wiz in a cup” immediately.
How can we not be a little bit suspicious of Miggy at this point?
Personally, I wouldn’t be surprised if either player was receiving some sort of supplemental assistance to their swings, but do I really care? Yeah, I sure do, and it’s about time that baseball should care as much as I do.
We appear to have one of the best hitters that baseball has seen for a while now; who is blowing away performances of the Steroid Era, and baseball doesn’t seem to care if it’s being done cleanly or not. After all, they’re too busy going after a couple of known users right now. You would think, since baseball’s image has been so tarnished for the last 20 years or so, they would want to ensure the purity of one of its foremost players.
If I were Bud Selig, I’d be testing this guy once a week to prove his innocence and help restore America’s trust in the game that it used to love so much. I understand that collective bargaining agreements prevent such things, but this issue seems too important for baseball to just let it go.
Is Miguel Cabrera juicing? I don’t know, but I’m sick of my sport being surrounded by a dark cloud of needles, creams, lozenges, and shady back-alley deals.
Baseball once had a touch of romance to it that America loved. Baseball used to be believable. But now, thanks to PED’s and the liars that use them, baseball has begun to go the way of professional wrestling. Sure it’s fun to watch, but nobody believes any of it is legit.
The difference is that people still want to trust baseball. People miss the feeling that baseball gave them, just like they miss the feeling of going to grandma’s house.
If Miguel Cabrera, Chris Davis, and even Albert Pujols turn out to be clean, I believe it will go a long way towards renewing America’s trust in the sport and giving baseball back the title of America’s Pastime. It’s time that Bud Selig did something to prove baseball’s innocence instead of constantly trying to prove its guilt.