I was lying awake in bed and just had to get up to write this story… It’s a story that I seriously cannot get my head around because it involves so many facets of life that it is incredible.
One of the all time hitters in the game of baseball name just resurfaced as a possible candidate for Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Pete Rose, a former Cincinnati Reds, was banned from the game 20 years ago for gambling on the game—his own team to be exact. Apparently, he never wagered against the team, as he believed in their victory, but it was an obvious flaw in judgment since it was a known rule within the sport. Now, with all of today’s scandal and outcry that has whirlwind out of the sport, baseball fans and the powers that be are now asking themselves where does Rose fit in all this…
The grounds for being inducted into the Hall of Fame are pretty clear. It is based on the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played. But wait, this is where I am totally dumbfounded because some of today’s elite Major League Baseball players who are being considered for the Hall are involved in using steroids, corking bats, serving jail time, spousal abuse, and the list goes on and on. So, I simply ask, what is the difference? I mean, put any of the offenses that I just listed up against gambling within the sport and it comes out the same—amoral, illegal, unethical, criminal, and just wrong.
I’m telling you, I’m drained by it all (drained!). There just appears to be no way to gage it. I mean, black is black and white is white, but when you’re dealing in muddied waters, you have to consider gray, right?