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The best foaming-at-the-mouth anti-A-Rod screed you'll read today

Jul 22, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

A blast from the past: A-Rod hate, the likes of which we haven't seen in well over a year.

The Associated Press’ Tim Dahlberg gives us a great big blast of anti-Arod vitriol today, the likes of which we haven’t seen since the spring of 2009.  The occasion: Rodriguez’s imminent topping of the 600 home run mark.  Among the choicest bits (though if you’re into outrage porn, I highly recommend reading the whole thing):

Forgive me, though, if I don’t stand up and cheer. Because we’ve all seen this act before.

A magical mark. A tainted player.

Another entry into the record books we can’t believe.

About the only thing missing is an immense, shaven head and the traveling circus that always seemed to surround it. Say what you will about Barry Bonds, he always made for good entertainment.

Yeah, Dahlberg actually has relatively kind words for Bonds compared to A-Rod based on some notion that A-Rod is actually a worse person for admitting that he took PEDs when confronted about it as opposed to Bonds, for whom Dahlberg says “there was always a shred of deniability about steroids.”

Whatever. Based on what he wrote last year, Dahlberg doesn’t even believe that baseball players deserve basic Constitutional rights, so I’m pretty sure he’d have hate to spew regarding Rodriguez no matter what we learned about the extent or affect of his PED use.  Really, we could get a notarized statement from God Almighty that PEDs gave A-Rod a definite number of extra home runs over the years and Dahlberg would still dismiss his entire career as a fraud.

But we can dismiss Dahlberg’s take just as easily. The whole screed sounds like something warmed over from two years ago when steroid outrage wasn’t yet tired and cliched.  Most fans — and writers — have moved on since then. No, that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten or even forgiven — nor should we — but most sensible people have moved past the idea that they’ve had their childhood memories stolen from them simply because an athlete took some drugs.

Sadly, some people still feel like they’ve been utterly betrayed.  What a small and sad world they must live in.

  1. nps6724 - Jul 22, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    “Sadly, some people still feel like they’ve been utterly betrayed. What a small and sad world they must live in.”

    And those same people were cheering on Big Mac and Sosa in ’98. A lot of them, if not most of them, are hypocrites.

  2. YankeesfanLen - Jul 22, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    Just when I thought I could close my “Leave ARod alone” tent…..

  3. bbeer - Jul 22, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Yeah take that A-Rod! That’ll teach you a lesson.
    People need to give up, I hate A-Rod as much as the next guy but come on. At least get new material. I normally just watch the yankees to find a new way to hate A-Rod (never fails), Dahlburg needs to too.

  4. Omega in Colorado - Jul 22, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    I am not a Yankees fan per se, I follow the NL.
    For some reason, everytime I read a D-Bag ‘sports writer’ spew hatred for A-Rod, the more I like the guy.
    I will cheer A-Rod’s 600th and however many more he hits in his career. I hope he hits 700, and Dahlberg ends up ‘writing’ for the Weekly World News.

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