I work for a car company, so I’m sorry if my blog occasionally favors related topics.
First topic: Chrysler
Chrysler just announced a LIFETIME powertrain warranty on all their cars.
Translation: From today, July 26, 2007, on, if anything goes wrong with any of their cars’ engines, transmissions, anything under the hood or within the structure of the car, it’s on them. (Jeep, too.) I haven’t read the fine print, so I’m not sure how it REALLY works, but does this mean that I could buy a Chrysler, and keep having the car fixed on Chrysler’s dime for all eternity, and drive that car forrrr-ehhh-verrrr? This seems ludicrous.
Translation: Chrysler can’t sell a car.
Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Roger Maris…
Listening to mike&mike on the way in to work today (I would have rather had John Mayer, but I left the player in my mom’s car, a red Cobalt, which p.s. if you like fly mature hunnies, this is the car; I got 2 compliments yesterday from celebrities)…
Anyways, I’m listening and they’re talking about McGwire and Bonds and homeruns and Curt Schilling’s recent interview on the topic. This is where things got crazy…Curt Schilling actually said something worthwhile.
He commented on the fact that both of these guys have been called out by the public (Bonds on numerous counts but namely in that book, Game of Shadows, and McGwire in front of a grand jury), and had nothing to say. Their respect, fame, livelihood was challenged in front of their peers, fans, and anyone else who really matters within the culture, and neither of them had anything to say. McGwire “didn’t want to talk about the past,” and Bonds whines incessantly about being persecuted by the world to disguise the fact that he’s easily the biggest chooch/cheater American sports has ever seen (see most revered record in American sports-prove me wrong).
And Schilling’s point was that by not saying anything, it was a passive admission of their guilt. I couldn’t agree more (though it pains me). So here’s what I propose, and feel free to comment on this because I’m interested to see how crazy I sound…Both of these guys, after they both retire, should be erased from the Major League record books, same with Palmeiro, Canseco, Giambi, Juan Gonzalez, and whoever else that breaks a record or wins an award while being reasonably suspected of cheating. And it should be known that they no longer hold records because they did not play by the rules, and when you don’t play by the rules, you can’t hold records. And then say, OK, to any of you who have a problem with this, come forward and speak your case, and let the baseball community be the judge.
And your argument against this can’t be well that’s not fair because you can’t prove it. Sports record books are not legal documents, they’re not decided in a court of law, and these guys don’t have any kind of right to be in the “books.” Hank Aaron didn’t fill out some kind of paperwork before he hit 715. Joe D didn’t have to draw up a title deed when he broke George Sisler’s (I think) 40-something game hit streak. Records are just held in the minds of people who love the game and respect it. The people who decide these things is a community made up of coaches, players, and fans-we are the judge and the jury. So if the baseball community, as a whole or otherwise, don’t feel like calling you the guy, then plain and simple, you’re not the guy.
The fans, the people who grow up playing, we are the pulse of the sport, without us, there is no game, no history, no record book. So I, or anyone who doesn’t feel like it, doesn’t have to let these guys walk away with a needle in their ass and our crown on their heads, because these things are intangibles, and ours to give away when we feel comfortable with it. And I don’t feel comfortable with it. So, Maris is still my guy, and Hank is still my guy, and when its said and done, what else really matters?