The Tenth Inning, Part 1

Last night I watched the first part of Ken Burns followup to Bsaeball, The Tenth Inning. Overall it was fantastic, just as the original documentary was. There was one part that stuck out for me though. Much of the show, as expected, was either covertly or overtly about steroids and how it affected the game. At one point, the speaker was the genius comedian Chris Rock, and he said (paraphrasing from memory), “who wouldn’t take a pill to make more money at their job? You would [motioning to Ken Burns off camera]. If you could take a pill to get paid like Steven Spielberg, you’d take it, everyone would.” Ouch! I’d never thought of it in those terms, and if I dig deep, I’d have to admit, reluctantly, that I would. This does not excuse what all the juicers did for all those years, but it makes it more understandable. Thoughts?

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Manny Being Manny

From CNN.com:

Dodgers’ Ramirez suspended 50 games: Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance, incurring an immediate 50-game ban and serving the highest-profile reminder yet that the use of such drugs in the testing area may have been reduced, but not eradicated.

I always knew I didn’t like the guy, but now it’s absolutely, concretely set in stone. The guy is a total douche bag. What is it about some people that makes them think that the rules don’t apply to them?

He was always a problem. I guess now is lashing out and [pushing down Jack McCormick](http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2008/06/more_on_mannymc.html) has finally bee explained… [‘roid rage](http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-roid-rage.htm).

I’m really glad the [Redsox](http://www.redsox.com) got rid of this loser.