|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
|In response to Chad Jones' question, Roids
vs. Gambling: What's Worse for Baseball?, it's a pretty simple
answer. Steroids can kill you.
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!
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|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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