In our bi-weekly segment, D'Backs Feedback, the FutureBacks.com readers shoot back at the writers, sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. This is the last DBF of the month, so in the spirit of Sunday's Oscars...And the winner is...Joe V of Glendale Arizona! Joe get's our Feedback of the Month award, winning a FutureBacks.com T-Shirt and a free one year 'Premium Subsciption' to FutureBacks.com.
I talk to my son about all sports, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I
recently took him down memory lane with some past sluggers like Bob Horner
and Dale Murphy to name a few. I remember when 35-40 home runs were
considered a great feat in itself for a season high homerun total. That
was good times.
In recent years players homerun totals were going beyond 35-40. I told my
son I do not believe this is not normal. Unless the pitchers really were
floating the ball for the batters to hit. This is the bad.
Now we have the steroid issues and other drug abuse going on in baseball.
Jose naming names and pointing fingers. The denials and the court room
hearings taking place. This is the ugly.
I believe baseball can be a good sport to watch and enjoy with the family
by going to the ball park and eating a dog, and collecting the cards and
just maybe your favorite team wins. There is a black mark on baseball and
I believe the MLB should get even more involved with this issue of drug
abuse. ZERO TOLERANCE. A player gets caught using or cheating I believe
MLB should ban a player just like the Olympic committee does.
|There aren't many things uglier than a cheater, and Jose
openly admits to being one of those, but Chad Jones' whole 'Blue Falcon'
theory is almost as ugly. Is Jose Canseco a better person because
now that he's out of baseball he's naming names? No. But if
someone, perhaps a clean player (are there any of those left) had stepped
up earlier, maybe we would be able to look back on the last 20 years in
baseball and not wonder if those records are real. Instead of a
'Blue Falcon' what we needed was one of the Blue Angels.
How refreshing to hear a player ask for fan support (Player
Journal: Alex Frazier) rather than demand it, or worse yet, scream that he
should just be left alone. I know it might be selfish, but I'm hoping Alex
starts 2005 at South Bend, just so I can come out and watch a player who
actually likes playing, and understands he's playing for the fans. Maybe
just a couple of weeks Alex, just start hot and you'll get promoted right?
South Bend, IN
Chad Jones asked a tough question Roids
vs. Gambling: What’s Worse for Baseball?. As a high school teacher
and coach who has seen the devastating effects of both, it is really tough for
me to pick one, but I'd pick gambling, simply because it seems to start so
innocently. Five bucks here, ten bucks there, and then all of a sudden a
kid isn't reading the sports section, he's checking the lines, stealing, lying,
and in some cases, getting hurt. I know steroids are getting more and more
common, but gambling is everywhere.
Los Angeles, CA
|This is a message for Thomas Fitzgerald, Chad Jones, and
everyone else at FutureBacks.com, WE DON'T CARE THAT MUCH ABOUT THE
YANKEES AND RED SOX! Please, write about the Diamondbacks, their
prospects, their season and their players. Leave the Boston/New York
rivalry to Boston and New York!
As promised we compiled all the letters, evaluated, and made
the call, this month's winner of a free FutureBacks.com T-Shirt, and a free one
year 'Premium Subscription' to FutureBacks.com is Joe V. from Glendale, AZ
|I remember watching Chip Hale play with
the Twins, he was too small, too slow, didn't have the natural tools that
some of the guys he played with and against had. But he played hard,
he ran out every ball, he sacrificed his body, he played the game the
right way. I'd like to thank James Renwick for bringing attention to
Hale, and thank the Diamondbacks for putting a man like Hale in such a
valuable position. For Hale's sake I hope he does get a Major League
job soon, but I wonder if he might not be making even more of a difference
at the Triple-A level. The kids he's coaching there are still young
enough, and fresh enough, that maybe Hale's lessons will actually take, at
the Major League level, with the 'Win At All Costs' mentality, steroids,
egos, and $100 million contracts, would he still be able to instill the
concept of playing the game the right way?
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