Wednesday, July 10, 2013

John Rocker says baseball was better with steroids

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker was never one to bite his tongue. If he has an opinion about something he's gonna let you know. If you recall, he didn't make too many fans in New York or the gay and black communities.

Rocker appeared on Cleveland's 92.3 The Fan and spoke rather fondly of baseball's 'steroid era'. Unlike many of the baseball purists and Hall of Famers, Rocker believes that baseball was better with steroids.

“Honestly, and this may go against what some people think from an ethical stand point, I think it was the better game. At the end of the day when people are paying their $80, $120 whatever it may be, to buy their ticket and come watch that game, it’s almost like the circus is in town. They are paid to be entertained. They wanna see some clown throw a fastball 101 mph and some other guy hit it 500 feet. That’s entertainment. You’re paying to be entertained.”

“And was there anything more entertaining than 1998 – I don’t care how each man got there – was there anything more entertaining than 1998?…watching Sammy Sosa and Mark McGuire chase 61 home runs?”

“That was a mesmerizing time for every baseball fan out there…the people were getting their money’s worth.”

True, people were getting their money's worth, but would they have paid for it knowing it was a sham. I don't think so because then you're almost getting professional wrestling without a predetermined result.

I personally don't care one way or the other. I can see why players do it. To get a bigger payday and maintain an edge over their opponents. The game was entertaining, but in the end it was cheating. I don't condone it but I understand.

Furthermore I don't think the game of baseball would be better with players putting up video game numbers year after year.

Jaguars list Denard Robinson as an 'offensive weapon'

Denard Robinson left the University of Michigan being known as one of the most electrifying players to play college football.

For all the memorable plays he made at Michigan, everyone knew he wouldn't be playing quarterback on Sundays. The question was always what position would he be the best fit?

The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted Robinson in the fifth round of last April's NFL draft and haven't tried figuring out a defined position for Robinson. The Jaguars have listed the EA Sports coverboy as an 'OW' on their website. For those who didn't know, that stands for 'offensive weapon'.

Robinson has done a little bit of everything since during off-season workouts and is expected to get training camp work at running back, receiver, quarterback and kick returner.

Even though it will be a lot for Robinson to digest,  I think with his demeanor and work ethic he can be a success at anywhere other than quarterback.