Date: August 10 2013
From: Geoffrey Smith
Subject: Baseball's drug scandal
Alex Rodriguez stands today as the poster child for Major League Baseball’s attempt to cleanse its image and itself. But the American national pastime is a very small part of a much larger sport and general drug culture.
One cannot be surprised that players attempt “to get an edge” on their opposition. The same thing happens in all sports, just as it happens, metaphorically, with such transgressions as white-collar insider trading on Wall Street. There are many other examples.Most interesting, perhaps, is the fact that so many of the players called on the carpet by commissioner Bud Selig – auditioning as a latter-day Kenesaw Mountain Landis, he who gave the death penalty to the Chicago White (Black) Sox in 1919 – are Hispanic. In the interests of fairness, where are all the non-Hispanic miscreants? There must be more of them than we know about. Geoff Smith, Kingston