The S is For Selig

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(DISCLAIMER: Major Man of Steel spoilers ahead. Read on at your own risk.)In case you hadn’t been beaten down enough, here are some thoughts on Biogenesis…

Though it’s an unpopular stance, I can’t make myself feel right about the way MLB has handled this recent PED scandal. Specifically, I have a problem with the way the commissioner’s office made 20 years of steroid shame all about Alex Rodriguez.

It was clear from the start that Bud Selig was more interested in proving a point than he was in actual justice. It was Selig, after all, who stood by and allowed men like Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds to muddy the waters of baseball history. Now he’s out to give his own legacy a once-over in the hopes that we’ll all remember him as that tough commissioner who took a hard stance against cheating.(Listening to Uncle Bud’s recent statement on Biogenesis, it’s amazing he didn’t suffer a rotator cuff injury from so much patting himself on the back. Honestly, the only thing his press conference lacked was a Mission Accomplished banner being unfurled. Never mind that most of the players suspended never actually tested positive for anything and only got caught because info was almost literally dropped into MLB’s lap, but I digress…)

Personally, I don’t blame A-Rod for appealing his 211 game suspension. Ryan Braun rubbed MLB’s face in it when he weaseled out of a suspension in 2011, but still only got 65 games. Everyone else got 50.

Many have chastised A-Rod for not taking his suspension “like a man”, but why should he? What has he done to warrant 6 times the punishment that guys like Nelson Cruz got?

(Before you bring up the allegations that A-Rod tried to hide evidence from the commissioner’s office, remember that Melky Cabrera got caught trying to mislead investigators with a fake website and was still suspended for only 50 games.)

The whole thing looks awfully personal. A-Rod is well-paid and not well-liked, so why not make an example of him?

It reminds me of the end of Man of Steel and leaves me with a similar uneasy feeling.

If you haven’t seen the movie — (and, again, spoilers) – over 2 hours of running time builds up to a showdown between Superman and another Kryptonian named General Zod. The pair spend about 15 minutes violently punching each other through buildings with no regard whatsoever for the citizens of Metropolis.

It’s actually impossible to tell who the hero is supposed to be. Zod’s a bad guy because he actively wants to hurt people, but Superman never makes any attempt to lure him away from the densely populated city.

There’s a good chance that Superman (both directly and indirectly) hurt just as many people as the villain he was trying to stop.

In the case of Biogenesis, we have a similar problem. With some slight recasting, the parallels become obvious.

A-Rod’s obviously a bad guy, so he can be General Zod. (A-Zod, maybe?) Selig thinks he’s a hero, so he can be Superman.

Everyone else gets to watch as they push agendas that help no one but themselves. In the process, the citizens of Metropolis (baseball fans) can die by the thousands while some doofus in a cape pretends he’s looking out for them.

That’s all we are, folks. Collateral damage caught in the middle of a punching contest.

I don’t actually like defending A-Rod. I think he’s a bad guy and, if he did something wrong, I believe he should be punished.What I don’t believe in is doing the right thing for the wrong reasons.

Selig wants to pound his chest and overcompensate for what he didn’t do a decade ago. It has nothing to do with justice or what’s best for the game of baseball.

There are no heroes, and the S certainly doesn’t stand for “hope”. This is all about Uncle Bud propping up his own legacy.

Press on, baseball fans.

 

Mike Luna is a Staff Writer for ShutDowninning.com. He can be reached at Mike.Luna@shutdowninning.com or on Twitter @dying_robot.

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