Aug. 3, 2013

The Faces of Fraud: A-Rod and Bernie

"I will say this: There is more than one party that benefits from me not ever stepping back on the field. And that's not my teammates and it's not the Yankee fans."  (Alex Rodriguez 8/3/13)

"Fuck my victims. I carried them for twenty years, and now I'm doing 150 years."
(Bernie Madoff, 2011)

The definition of "Delusion," according to Websters: 

"-the act of deluding : the state of being deludedb : an abnormal mental state characterized by the occurrence of psychotic delusions.
-a false belief regarding the self or persons or objects outside the self that persists despite the facts and occurs in some psychotic states."

These guys have a lot in common. One will do 150 years in a real prison, the other will take his hundreds of millions and create his own emotional prison as baseball keeps him out of the Hall of Fame.

Alex Rodriguez is about to be banned from Major League Baseball for life. He will be given a lifetime ban from the sport and fans he defrauded for the better part of a decade. Sure he put up incredible statistics and helped the Yankees win a World Series title in 2009. 

Bernie Madoff stole millions of dollars and ruined many lives on his way to prison. He was a very famous financier, well-respected and trusted by a lot of important people for many years. He lived a lavish existence and protected his secret for so many years.

Both of these men are white collar criminals. There have been many criminals who have defrauded sports fans for decades. A-Rod will just be one of the most celebrated and probably be the "Face" of baseball scandal.

Consider his ouster Budf Selig's parting gesture. Selig has been adamant to rid the sport of Performance Enhancing Drugs and its abusers, but he too participated and yes, created the culture that allowed PEDs to ravage the sport in the first place.

In 1994, MLB endured a season-ending strike that crippled the game financially for 4 years. It wasn't until Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa had their memorable homerun chase in 1998 that folks started spending money at the old ballyard again. The numbers were incredible moneywise and homerun-wise. It was unbelievable, too good to be true. 

You know the rest. It wasn't real. It was chemically enhanced and MANY players started putting up crazy numbers. Once great ballplayers like Barry Bonds became superhuman. Roger Clemens won a boatload of tainted Cy Young AWards. We all know his legal battles.

Now with A-Rod and Ryan Braun, we have a face for legitimate scapegoating.

It may seem like a stretch equating professional ballplayers with Bernie Madoff, but not in my mind. Madoff exploited people and took THEIR money just like these ballplayers. 

Madoff, A-Rod and the rest off these cheaters are morally bankrupt and put a huge stain on the landscape.

The "CLEAN" players do not like the cheaters. No one likes Madoff.

Maybe it's time to figure out a way to get Pete Rose into the Hall of Fame (as a player only). His gambling issues seem like like a parking ticket in significance at this point compared to what has been going on in baseball the past 25 years.
Just a thought.