lets face it...baseball players cheat. its endemic to the game. up to a certain level its thought of as just, "boys being boys". pitchers do whatever they can up to and including directly breaking the rules to get that 2 seamer to break another inch or to get a little extra snap on the tail-end of an otherwise very hittable slider. they get away with it and they probably always will. its sort of become acceptable cheating(as long as they're not obvious about it). nudge, nudge, say no more, say no more. know what i mean? turns out gambling involvement in baseball isn't. steroids (now) aren't acceptable either. so where is the line in the sand? for me? this whole steroid thing is sooooo played. its beginning to seem like canseco was right...they all did it. and if you didn't take performance enhancing drugs then you simply missed the boat. i say call it "the steroid era" and leave it at that. the playing field was even it was simply at a different physical level. one thing i hope is that this roberts book says unequivocally that rodriguez used these drugs all along the way and here is THE PROOF. anything less would make the information seem more appropriate in the likes of "people" magazine. it would amount to superfluous chatter (sorta like this piece). its the supposed intentional tipping of pitches to opposing batters that really rubs me the wrong way. and why did he reportedly do it? reciprocity? that's awful selfish behavior and i doubt it would play well in any locker room anywhere in any league. i think it might even get your ass kicked in some league. i don't think that falls into the "boys will be boys" category. couldn't that type of behavior shred the oh so fragile fabric of team chemistry? shouldn't the yankee pitchers feel cheated? wouldn't there be a hint of doubt in their collective minds when they are on the mound? which pitches is he giving away tonight? so, where to draw the line? i don't know, but one thing i'm sure of is that it should be drawn somewhere BEFORE pitch-tipping. that's my line in the sand!
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