Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Finally, baseball strikes back at A-Rod and Performance Enhancing Drugs

I have been saying for a number of years, kind of tongue in cheek but kind of seriously too, that the reason for the financial collapse was Alex Rodriguez.  What I mean by that is that as long as a baseball player is making twenty million dollars a year, how could any self-respecting financial titan at places like Bear Stearns, Lehmann Brothers, or Goldman Sachs allow themselves to make any less? 

In other words, the world has been out of balance for some time now and the symbol of that has been ridiculous compensations for superstar athletes like A-Rod, and for top employees in the financial industry.  The results showed up in destructive ways, where baseball records were obliterated by drug inflated statistics, and the financial industry changed their focus from supporting industry and business to creating wealth in ways that had little or no benefit to the economy, and the entire country got involved in chasing unrealizable financial goals (too many people bought houses they couldn’t afford), overextending themselves, and falling into financial ruin. 

So, from just the standpoint of wanting to see the world go back into balance, I am very happy to see that major league baseball has finally banned Rodriguez from playing until 2015 because of his taking PEDs (Performance Enhancing Drugs).  I would like to see a real crackdown on PEDs in all sports and have sports return to the competition between outstanding athletes rather than the shows put on by robo-humanoids.

But even deeper than that is how Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Lance Armstrong, and the entire generation of PED athletes made their hundreds of millions of dollars.  They cheated.  And I don’t like it.  In fact, I don’t watch it. 

Baseball and football are both obviously being populated by drug pumped super-humans, and I don’t enjoy watching phony sports.  I watch golf instead where PEDs have no role that I know of, mainly because PEDs won’t be able to help someone chip and putt.  Tiger Woods has developed a pretty buffed up physique and strength, but I don’t think he is on PEDs.  Plus, his power advantage in the game was back in his first few years when he was a skinny whip-like kid. Today he has no particular distance advantage. It’s not his strength that has made him win so much on tour.

In my ideal world, top earners would make a couple of million dollars a year in sports, in finance, in medicine, in industry.  That would make them wealthy but not put them in an experience so far outside the realm of normal people that they become almost a different species on the planet. 

I think that the huge gap between the super-wealthy and the masses puts the country out of balance and sets up a dangerous environment where the country is run as a plutocracy on one side, and the country is susceptible to political demagoguery and radicalism on the other.  And it puts people like Alex Rodriquez and Lloyd Blankfien so out of touch with the experiences of common people that they have no way of gauging their impact on the world.

As the Beatles said long ago, "Get back Jojo..."