Yesterday Everth Cabrera received his long awaited 50 game suspension after choosing to affiliate himself with the Miami based Biogenesis clinic. NBC’s Derek Togerson provided video via his twitter feed showing a teary eyed Everth Cabrera offering an apology to the Padres organization and the fans of San Diego. He appeared to be legitimately embarrassed and contrite.
Everth explained that he came into contact with Biogenesis, through the urging of his previous agent, so that he could help the rehabilitation process of a damaged shoulder. The question becomes: Is that good enough for you?
Allow me to go on a bit of a rant . . .
I don’t really like Alex Rodriguez and I don’t particularly care for Ryan Braun. I disliked them prior to their use of PEDs and I dislike them even more now. But I don’t dislike them because they cheated at the game. The disdain stems more from the lying – the persistent lying that they forced upon all those who believed in them based on their stature in the game.
Having said that, these guys are not depraved criminals. None of those who have been suspended in the Biogenesis scandal appear to be threats to society. Each one of these players could be accused of having suspect character but I don’t know that they’re deserving of the scorn that they have received (And when I say “they” I’m referring primarily to Braun and Rodriguez). The scorn has been such that I’m beginning to feel empathy for these players.
Empathy for Alex Rodriguez? I feel like I need to burn my clothes and take a scalding hot shower.
I’m against the use of performance enhancing drugs but there just seems to be an illogical disconnect between destroying players who tried to improve their performance at baseball and allowing those who committed the types of crimes that make society unsafe, skate without much abuse at all. It’s odd.
Everth Cabrera was my favorite part of 2013 and I hope he comes back and redeems himself next season. I won’t boo him. Will you?
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