Do you see what I did there?
Anyhow, this is courtesy of the always entertaining Jayson Stark, so maybe it was meant to be a joke:
How could baseball have allowed this to happen to itself? How? Can anyone recall any other sport that has ever committed such an insane act of self-destruction?
What compares to it? The Black Sox? This is worse. Game-fixing in college basketball? This is worse. Nominate any scandal in the history of sports. My vote is that this is worse.
It’s not worse because it will cause massive numbers of people to stop watching or caring about baseball. Check the attendance. Check the revenue charts. People will come back. They’ve already come back. The sport, as a business, is doing great.
But the sport, as a unique paragon of American culture, is devastated. And that’s forever.
Really, Jayson? So doing everything possible to win is apparently worse than losing on purpose. It is worse than segregation in baseball, as well. I think writers like Jayson need to take a deep breath, back away from the typewriters, and wait a few days before even attempting to gain a historical perspective and angle to this story. Using the word forever 24 hours after a story hits is pretty irresponsible and short sighted.
Furthermore, his middle paragraph in that quote takes us back to something that I have been harping on all day. The media has been incredibly irresponsible throughout the entire “steroids era,” and have created a much larger story than there should be. The fans seriously do not care anymore, as they continue to show up at the ballparks in record numbers. Each year, the media diminishes more and more star players, and each year, total attendance rises across the league. What does this tell us? It displays that the incredible amount of indignation spewed by media members is falling on disinterested ears. This is a fabricated scandal, something that should have passed into oblivion years ago. So my advice to the writers is this: Let it go, guys, because nobody wants to hear it anymore.
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