|Michael Young, Pudge Rodriguez and President George W. Bush were on hand to honor Derek Jeter before his final game at Globe Life Park on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Credit: WFAA Sports|
1. Allan Huber "Bud" Selig, the ninth and current baseball commissioner, became 80 years old.
2. Ivan Rodriguez represented the Texas Rangers in a ceremony honoring Yankee captain Derek Jeter before his final game in Texas.
3. Alex Rodriguez served game number 107 of his season long suspension for using performance enhancing drugs (PED).
The thread, of course, is hypocrisy.
Selig presided over the steroid era and his family probably profited more financially than any in the Major Baseball League (MBL), which Selig heads. Selig also carried out a personal vendetta against Alex Rodriguez and has ignored my repeated pleas to commute A-Rod's sentence.
Ivan Rodriguez very likely used PED in winning the 1999 American League MVP award, ironically beating out Jeter, who had his finest season.
Jeter is either a really nice guy or is painfully oblivious. I have not watched closely but this is the third Jeter ceremony in which I've noticed that teams have chosen as their representatives players who either admitted using PED or who do not pass the "liar, liar, pants on fire" test.
Druggies Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte to honor Derek Jeter in Houston. Is that the right way? Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Derek Jeter honored in Milwaukee by another druggie, Ryan Braun. Sunday, May 11, 2014
Andy Pettitte and Ryan Braun admitted using PED. Roger Clemens and Ivan Rodriguez are still playing the pants on fire card.
What's the deal with teams using such players as reps? One of the three honoring teams is Selig's former: Milwaukee The other two are in Texas and have a common former player and executive: Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan. Ryan is the subject of the most viewed post of all time on this blog:
Nolan Ryan: more on possible steroid use. Tuesday, August 31, 2010
What's with Jeter posing with druggies? Is he oblivious as previously suggested or is he magnanimous? If the more positive, then why doesn't Jeter speak up for his former best buddy and ten year teammate Alex Rodriguez? If all is forgiven, where is the absolution for A-Rod? He's served 107 more games than Clemens, Pettitte or Ivan Rodriguez. A-Rod has served 42 (65%) more games than Braun, who was an All Star this season.
And what about Selig? Is he OK with former players associated with using PED representing teams in sanctimonious ceremonies to honor Selig's poster boy of all that was right during his 22 years as commissioner? Or is Selig just a doddering old fool who doesn't know what the heck is going on?