Drinking the Kool-Aid

kool-aid.jpgUntil 1978 Kool-Aid was synonymous with children and summer. No matter what chemically produced flavor it came in, the refreshing blend of water, sugar and artificial colors and flavors was sure to quench any thirst. Then, along came Jonestown and ruined it forever. Now Kool-Aid brings to mind cyanide laced beverages or the willing ingesting of something one knows or perceives to be wrong.

Sounds kind of like baseball.

Baseball used to mean transistor radios in the summer and guys hitting one out of the park for some sick kid. But then came the ’81 strike, the ’94 strike and the steroid scandals. Instead of cheering on their team, fans started to wonder what the players would ask for next, what the owners would do to screw the fans and players over and when the other shoe would drop and you’d find out that you’re favorite player had been getting ahead by using a little something extra.

Maybe that’s all behind us now, though. We seem to have hit a point where the Mitchell Report has played itself out. We know about the transgressions of A-Rod and all the other juicers and the fans seem to have moved on. The fans still get gouged but the stadiums are full. And even if teams like the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies buy up all the available talent, there are still surprises every other year or so.

Yep, maybe baseball really has turned the corner. Or maybe I just drank the Kool-Aid.

-A

Image from Skull Swap

10 Comments

Huh, that does sound a lot like baseball. A summer sport, and a summer drink turned into an every season thing. Never thought of it that way before. Fans get surprised over the littlest things, even if it’s the same thing over and over. Like the Yankees winning the World Series. They’ve done it what, 27 times already and some fans are in the “OMG, they won?!!” State of mind. A bit annoying, but not surprising!!
-Holly
http://irishsoxkid19.mlblogs.com

Yeah Allen, you, like me, have indulged in way too much MLB Kool-Aid. However, to paraphrase Cypher from The Matrix, “Kool Aid is bliss.”
–Jonestein
http://jonestein.mlblogs.com

i think the purity of the game is a thing of the past as well.

btw-either of you guys wanna take my political science final for me? Its Friday at 11am in Morgantown. I know politics are your forte!

http://pittpeas.mlblogs.com

Allen would love to take your test. He’s a sucker for raw deals. And when I say ‘raw’ I mean RAAAAAW.
–Jeff

Nice follow-up, Allen. Instead of drinking and driving, Kool-Aid for everyone! ;)
The game was never “pure”, it simply was not reported on. Whether it was racism and intentionally spiking someone, gambling (incl. on the game), spitballs and “greenies”, or now, PED’s (which greenies were the precursors), cheating/ “getting ahead” was always going on in some form. We delude ourselves if we think cheating started with PEDs. And no, the strikes in ’81 and ’94 did not help.

Jonestein — I’m with you, the Kool-Aid is bliss. It just seems to wear off at inopportune moments
Matt — You should really have Jeff help with your test. I mean, he’s from the state that produced our president.
Greg — You’re dead on. The game never has been pure. But we used to be protected from the bad stuff. Sometimes I think I’d rather not know about it. You know, kind of like watching the behind the scenes special on a DVD. Somehow the movie doesn’t seem quite as cool then.

-A

Wow, the Phillies have reached the ranks of the Yanks & Sox just because we got Halladay? I could see that if we kept Lee too, but only the Yanks and Soz could have pulled that one off.

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

That was deep…… I don’t follow what you are saying, but that was deep.

Because I don’t think Kool-Aid is like baseball. Baseball evolves like you said (steroides, strikes, and so on).

Meanwhile, Kool-Aid is still water, sugar, and artifical sweeteners. I just prefer mine WITHOUT the cyanide

~Mike
http://evilempire.mlblogs.com

I associate Kool Aid with the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Tests from the 60′s when Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters were expending their minds with LSD. I am not sure how to draw a baseball analogy on that one though.

I really hope baseball has turned a corner and the players are not using PED’s. But since there is no test for HGH I have to believe that some players are still going to be looking for that edge.

I hate to get all morbid on ya, but I can still see the images of all of the dead men, women and children lying face down in Jonestown. I was 12 yrs. old when that happened, and those images stuck.
On the brighter side, I loved the Kool-aid dude running through the wall singing “HEY KOOL-AID!” Check out this photo: http://www.guzer.com/pictures/hey-kool-aid.jpg

http://stonebutch99.mlblogs.com

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