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|Sports provided the central theme in approximately one of every ten Word Courier Journal entries in this blog’s initial run from June 2012- September 2014. Athletic contest made their way into additional journal blogs by reference. Baseball far and away have received most of the journal’s sports attention.
I recently revived this blog along with my writing.com membership. Baseball (surprise) is the sport getting my two cents today. Let us start with the bad news. The St. Louis Cardinals, my National League favorite and raised and reared fandom Chi-Sox have already been bounced from the playoffs. Furthermore, the Houston Astros are still in. They are on their way to the American League Championship Series to play for the A.L. pennant.
Fans of major league baseball are familiar with how the Astros cheated their way to and through the World Series title in 2017. We also know that they were not sufficiently punished (title stripped) for their cheating. Nonfans may not be aware that this team used cameras as part of an elaborate ruse to steal signals at home games.
An investigation concluded that the cheating happened both regular and post season. This was most apparent in the A.L.C.S. versus the historic New York Yankees. The Yankees averaged over six runs per game in three contests played at Yankee Stadium but only totaled three runs in four games at Houston’s Minute Maid Field. Talk about your home field advantage.
It is often suggested in baseball that certain records should come with an asterisk next to them. That is to denote the inauthentic nature of the accomplishment. Mark McGwire’s single season home run record, Sammy Sosa’s sudden light to linebacker frame change and explosion in home run numbers and of course Barry Bonds 762 homerun career total should have asterisks next to them.
When it comes to anything sports included those that cheat should not be rewarded. The players are not in the Hall of Fame and should never be allowed membership. As for the 2017 Houston Astros franchise, I say this: put an astroisk by their name. Oh, the good news: There is always next year.