13 Dec 2007
The Mitchell Report was released today at 2 p.m. This report details the use of illegal substances in baseball. It names people involved and assigns blame for the proliferation of abuse.
So I was reading an article on FoxSports.com about it all, and when I got to the bottom there was the following comment posted:
have soliers dying, an infrastructure that's crumbling, education system that's
the joke of the world, an administration that's conducting financial rape of
the country... and this is the best we can argue/discuss?????"
There are so many things wrong with this post that my brain is going into shutdown. First, it really perturbs me that someone blindsided this poor, innocent article. (At least he's got the ranting part down. DB article on the national pasttime--no, not baseball, but ranting.)
Second, what he says misses the mark (whatever it is he's trying to say). Perhaps he's saying baseball is not as important as "soliers" dying. Well, duh. No one is saying, or ever would say, that. No one in the article about the Mitchell report stated that steroids were more important than everything else.
Or perhaps he's saying that baseball is not important at all. Well, I'd take issue with that. To say one shouldn't spend any time making baseball right or even just enjoying baseball is a fallacy. To illustrate my point, I'd follow the poster around, and as soon as he wasted one second I'd start blasting him for placing more importance on whatever the task he was doing than helping soldiers not die. For example: I'd follow him around and the minute he started cleaning out the old food in his refrigerator I'd ask him if that's the best thing he could do. I'd tell him that he's complicit in the fact that our country's deficit is too high because he wasn't "spending" every spare second lobbying or informing others about said deficit. Do you see how this is absurd? Of course you should clean out your fridge every once in awhile, or watch a baseball game, or get steroids out of baseball. It's important in its own way. People clean up what they can in their corner of the world. People also must take a break from the big issues else we'd all go insane.
I must acknowledge that the poster certainly brings up some very important topics, which I wouldn't mind discussing on their own merit, but my third and final point is this: whatever made the poster visit a baseball article on the web and even post, thus adding to the waste of time that he thinks this whole topic is??? But hey - thanks for the article fodder, poster!