When I look at these three men from left to right I think of this: Home run chase, MVP Asshole, and The Rocket.
Sammy Sosa: In 1998 Sammy Sosa went up against Mark McGwire( Bash Brother Go A's) for the Home Run Chase. Who was going to be the first to break Roger Maris's record? If you were a true baseball fan, you were glued to your television sets waiting and wondering. All they hype, build up and talk was all worth it! This was a milestone in baseball and it will never be the same again. Only one chance in a life time was this moment ever to be. This time was before Facebook, i-Pads, twitter and all other social media networking sites. This time was the end of the true baseball fan era.Where people interacted with others and talked about baseball. Sure now people talk about baseball, but it's not the same it's all online. Like this blog. Before the chase, there was a strike and baseball was at an all time low. Thankfully God created Sosa and McGwire and these two titans clashed for the ultimate prize. I was in high school at this time and I am thankful to witness what these two men created. A reason to watch baseball again.
Barry Bonds: The MVP ASSHOLE! I say this with respect and spite at the same time. The only reason why I despise Barry Bonds is because he broke records while wearing a Giants uniform. I'm a A's fan, I have to hate the Giants. It's in my nature, once you cross over to the fag side, I don't like you any more. I.E Zito. Scutaro. But Bonds broke barriers, he broke records and he did it with dedication and talent. And his record shows: 14 time All Star, 8 time Golden Glove, and of course Major League Home Run Record 762. Bonds gave his life for this game, need I say more.
Roger Clemens " The Rocket" : No other pitcher( besides Nolan Ryan) that I know can and would be on Roger Clemens level. I took this from Wikipedia because this pretty much sums up The Rocket: "Clemens was one of the most dominant pitcher in major league history, tallying 354 wins, a 3.12 earned run average(ERA), and 4,672 strikeouts, the third-most all time. An 11-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion, he won seven Cy Young Awards during his career, the most of any pitcher in MLB history. Clemens was known for his fierce competitive nature and for his hard-throwing pitching style that he used to intimidate batters"
Now why on God's green field would these men not be inducted into the the Hall of Fame? Because of Steriods? Well Mike, steroids is a weapon for baseball players to cheat and that's wrong. Well let me tell you this, any ball player can inject themselves until the look like Hulk Hogan. That doesn't mean they can do what these men did. You still need to have the skill, and the dedication to accomplish these goals. If steroids are the only reason why these men are not inducted into the Hall of Fame, well it's a stupid fucking reason. We are all wasting time, money, and efforts sending these men to court. For what? Roids? If Casey Anthony can get away with murder then Sosa, Bonds, and Clemens can be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Plain and Simple. Baseball today has become a soap opera just like wrestling( I am on old school rasslin fan, so don't judge me when I make this comparison) ESPN, and all other sports analyst who judge athletes are full of shit. They are not playing on the field away from their families , doing what it takes to perfect their craft.
If you are going to send people to court and punish them, then you might as well punish everyone in congress, every scumbag big banker, every ad agency ruining the youth's minds and every single oil mogul. Those are the ones that deserve have everything stripped from them.
It's hard to enjoy watching baseball with these bull shit rules, we have enough of them in our daily lives ( NDAA ACT IS JUST ONE OF MANY) Why do we need more?
Well to me Sosa, Bonds, and The Rocket you deserve the best and I wish you well. Don't worry boys, you'll be just fine with your huge piles of cash comforting you. Hall of Fame is just a title. You are already legendary.