The Filibuster

A-Rod finally has his ring and the Yankee faithful are overjoyed.
However, do you think there’s any chance that this will make him less
of a dill-hole? This is a guy who has dumped his wife, dated Madonna,
admitted to being a big fat liar and had somewhat major surgery in the
span of about one year. Does one ring atone for that?

Tamara
Cedarville, OH
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alex rodriguez open mouth.jpgLike my mama always said, “Once a dill-hole, always a dill-hole.”

Okay, that’s a lie.  My mom doesn’t know what a dill-hole is (perhaps neither do I), but it doesn’t matter because it’s true.

Let us remember that.

But let us also remember that in professional sports, just as in politics, the most important question when evaluating merit will always be the same: What have you done for me, lately?

In Alex Rodriguez’s case, does it really matter that 9 months ago all we were talking about was his wayward romp in the world of performance enhancing drugs?  Does anyone remember that he flat-out lied to the press?  That he stained the game?  That he forced difficult discussions between parents and their children about the dangers of illegal substances and cheating the most sacred of US America‘s games?

No.  Of course not.  He led them to a World Series crown.  If Charles Manson hit .378 with 6 HR and 18 RBI during the playoffs, he too would be lifted up on the city’s shoulders, carted off to the tune of “27th Heaven” just like A-Rod was.

Because that is how the world works.

I don’t think ethnic Albanians in Kosovo really put too much thought into President Bill Clinton’s oval office sexual exploits when they erected their tributary bronze statue of him in Pristina recently.  He ended their persecution, man!  He knocked Serb forces out of the game by hitting in the clutch, with proverbial runners in scoring position!

Likewise, Ronald Reagan ended the Cold War!  Nevermind all the money and resources he threw at guerrilla specialists in Afghanistan (*ahem, Osam bin Laden, et al*) to fight the evil Soviet regime!  HE ENDED THE GODDAMN COLD WAR, MAN!

And let’s face it, folks: cold wars suck.  I think we can all agree on that.  To Yankees fans, an eight year absence from holding the highest position in the baseball cosmos had to feel a lot like a cold war, and like my mama always said: “character doesn’t mean s*** in love and war.”

Okay, that’s a lie.  She never said that.  But she might.  She’s got opinions.

Just don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.

Peace,

Jeff

**PROGRAMING NOTE**

As is customary at RSBS, the Filibuster will be put on hiatus until pitchers and catchers report.  Very special thanks to all our dear readers who’ve bombarded us with Filibuster topics this season!  We’ll ask for them again in February!  Until then, please enjoy RSBS‘ continuing pursuit of the ironically fantastic and creatively eclectic.  You’ll be in for some real treats!  I’d almost bet my life on it!

11 Comments

He wasn’t the only one either…Andy Pettitte admited to doing steroids, but because he was quiet and honest about it, no one mentioned it again. And even if Mason did hit .378, I still don’t want him on my team….but I am sure the Yanks would sign him.

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

The Yanks fans appreciate him too much…they think eight years without a world series is a huge drought. It’s like if the Indians won the world series and A-Roid played for them, that’s about how much they appreciate him. Which is more than mildly scary.
http://imbringingdiamondback.mlblogs.com

Jenn — Nice dig. Accurate as well, if the price were right ;-)
xcicix — Let’s face it: A-Rod didn’t bring this one home for the Yanks. C.C. did.
–Jeff

Comparing A-Rod to Charles Manson. Oh, well.

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Jane — I wouldn’t call it a comparison per se, just an hyperbolic observation. We do that a lot. I know the feeling. Remember Mark McGwire?
–Jeff

I kind of like the comparison. And the one saving grace was that he wasn’t named MVP. That would have been more then decent people could have taken.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Julia — Perhaps. Though we have touted our cheating stars before; good thing we don’t have to face that irony.
–Jeff

I never really saw ARod as a dillhole. Why does everyone hate the guy?
http://www.paullebowitz.com/
http://princeofny.blogspot.com/

Prince — He comes off as playing for stats, money, contracts and doesn’t seem like a ‘team guy’. His poor playoff performances (up until this year) adds to that ‘tool’ factor. Then there’s the lying, the ‘roids, the Details magazine shoot, the cheating on his wife, etc. I can see why people don’t like the guy.
–Jeff

Well, I for one would rather have Charles Manson at third than Tony Batista *shudders*. Manson has more power and probably better range, too.
-Erin
http://plunking-gomez.blogspot.com

Erin — Manson’s more of an off-the-bench Matt Stairs type. That and he’ll eat your children if you pitch him inside.
–Jeff

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