(I swear to you, I'm far more outraged as a parent and Little League coach than as a partisan Red Sox fan, but this one makes my blood boil. I'm not even sure if this is the right forum for this, but I want to see if others feel the way I do about the effect A-Rod's comment will have on young kids learning the game of baseball)
A-Rod talked with ESPN.com
about his failed attempt to cheat home a run in ALCS Game Six by
slapping the ball out of Bronson Arroyo's glove.
Incredibly, A-Rod called it "a smart play, one I would've made again."
He continued to insert his foot into his mouth by adding:
"I thought it was a smart play, and we almost got away with it. We put
an umpire in the position of having to turn over a call like that in
Unbelievable. He seems to think it's a great thing to cheat at Yankee Stadium, because often the umps will be afraid to bust you for cheating!
As a parent and coach who just finished helping run 5-weeks of Little
League clinics inside my citiy's high school field house, I'm sickened that
this fraud, who is idolized by so many kids, is basically saying that
cheating is a good thing, if you have a chance of getting away with it.
I'm sure I'll be getting blasted by some for posting this, but I honestly think this goes beyond team rivalry. Imagine if Sosa said about the corked bat incident "I'd do it again... I almost got away with it..." or if Giambi said about his admitted steroid use "it was smart... I almost got away with it."
Cheating is cheating... and A-Rod's comments are wrong.