I'm including some alarming excerpts here from an article that appears in Sports Weekly issue June 11-17, 2003. The article appears on page 13 and is entitled "Sosa's Mistake Was In Getting Caught". Here goes........
2nd column, paragraph 5
"Several players we talked to this week privately confessed they've never donated their actual bat or artifact to the Hall of Fame. Instead, they'll dig in their locker and find something similar, knowing no one will ever know the difference."
-Now I know the difference
-Why are they doing this?
-Why won't they identify themselves, because they know it's wrong?
-My trip to Cooperstown will now be highly tainted
-I am sad now
3rd column, paragraph 4-5
"It's ridiculous," one All Star outfielder told Sports Weekly. "Everyone's making a federal case out of this. I bet we've got six or seven corked bats in this clubhouse. One of them (a player I know) is using it all of the time. But so what?
Come on, you don't think everyone else is cheating? Look at the pitchers who always scuff the ball. How about the guys who use steriods? How about all of the greenies? And we're worried about this?" "Please. There's no difference between this and finding out there's no Santa Clause or Easter Bunny."
-This outfielder knows someone doing it all the time? Why does he condone it?
-Existence of Santa Clause and having an honest sport are synonomous? One is fiction and the other is what ticket paying fans of the sport expect from people we make millionaires.
-If I knew someone who was shoplifting all the time to support their family instead of working like the rest of us would I find it acceptable?
-What the hell is going on here?
-I'm now outraged
Can somebody tell me why these horrible truths aren't corrected?