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Comment of the Day: "Hey Calcaterra! Get your head out of your a–!"

Sep 28, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

This is less about the comment itself -- though it is a good one -- than it is about the nature of the Comment of the Day feature. Which is going to change a bit going forward.

Unlike some of my Comments of the Day, I’m not posting this one to
mock the reader. A lot of people responded to my Jose Bautista piece
the way the reader below did, and he’s clearly not alone in thinking I have my head up my
butt on the issue of steroids in baseball.

More generally speaking, it’s my hope that, going forward, I can better use the Comment of the Day
feature to bring up these kinds of reader dissents. Less so that I can
rebut them — I get tons of time to do that in other posts — but more so that alternative reader opinions, even ones I
disagree with on about 18 levels, can be given
voice.  Like a lot of blogs, this one is not immune to groupthink, and
I’d like to try and combat that. Posting alternative viewpoints without my own commentary is one small way to do that.

With that out of the way, here’s reader mkhill12, responding to my little Jose Bautista rant from yesterday:

Hey, Calcaterra . . . get your head out of your a–.  Quit hiding behind
“if you have no proof, please spare us your insinuations to the
contrary.”  He went from a career best 16 HRs in one season to FIFTY
FREAKING TWO and there’s still a week left in the season.  Let me
repeat: FIFTY FREAKING TWO.  He absolutely does NOT deserve the benefit of the doubt, and he can thank Bonds, McGwire, A-Rod, Manny, Brady Anderson, Raffy, Ortiz, Giambi, Clemens, Pettitte and so and and so forth.

Is it fair?  No.  But life’s not fair.

And you’re serving up of the 2 PED tests that he’s supposedly taken and passed as proof that he’s clean is absolutely comical. Newsflash,
jerky!  The current PED test does NOT test for HGH!

Given the revelation of rampant steroid and PED use in MLB in the past
several years, it would be irresponsible if the media did NOT bring up
PEDs when discussing Bautista’s ridiculous year. But you continue to keep your head in the sand….and you probably still believe in Santa Claus and think the Moon is a giant ball of cheese.  So do us a favor -get off the soap box and join reality.

  1. ippississiM - Sep 29, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    So, when did Nate McLouth start taking anti-PEDs?

  2. Bull Durham - Sep 29, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Leaving the ranter’s logic aside for a moment, I look at it like this: We were once in a long-term relationship with baseball and it was beautiful. We loved everything about it and we shared some special memories. Then baseball went kind of crazy on us, a little too much of a good thing, and in the process loosened the foundation of some of those memories. Then evidence started coming out that maybe baseball had cheated a little on the side. Some of the evidence was stronger than others but baseball essentially admitted that it was happening. Despite our better judgment, we didn’t break up with baseball. We stayed together but now we’ve been burned once. And when it looks like baseball is up to its old tricks, we get very suspicious. We may not have hard proof but we can’t help ourselves from getting suspicious. And that’s just the way it is. Baseball made us like this. If baseball wants to continue to date us, it will have to understand that it hasn’t yet won back our blind trust.

  3. Craig Calcaterra - Sep 29, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    Actually, this is like a guy breaking up with a girl who cheated on him and starting to date another girl. Then, when the new girl, who is nothing at all like the old girl, says she has to work late one night, the guy goes crazy jealous, calls her a whore and then demands that she check in with him at all hours of the day.

  4. mkhill12 - Sep 29, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    Love it! My very first comment gets it’s own blog post! I’m batting a thousand!
    Look, all you dorks can say what you want. Here’s the evidence: 52 home runs in a little less than a full season for a career utility player. Does that automatically mean he’s juicing? No. But given the going-ons in MLB over the last decade, it’s more than reasonable to be suspicious, and it would be irresponsible if the media didn’t ask the question. Anything less would be naive.

  5. Bull Durham - Sep 29, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    Except that it’s not a new girl, it’s the same old girl who burned you once before. You love her and thus far you’ve put up with the way that she doesn’t really seem to care about you. But when she “works late” yet again under circumstances eerily similar to her previous “working late” nights that turned out to be cheating, you CAN’T HELP BUT GET A LITTLE SUSPICIOUS! If you were smart, you’d walk away and find a healthier relationship. But you’re stupid, so you don’t.

  6. btberry - Sep 29, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    #1 Old Gator is dumb. Bringing unrelated politics into a sports discussion is moronic at best.
    #2 People who scream steroids whenever someone has a career year are dumb too. So what, you think he never knew about steroids before or that suddenly it was his ethical convictions that broke down all the sudden? Because if you’re saying he didn’t use them before and now he’s using them, there has to be some explanation. Then you take a guy like Luis Gonzalez … what is the claim? The he suddenly one year started taking and he was wildly successful (home run derby champ, world series champ, mvp votes, etc) and then the next year his numbers dropped off because why? He stopped using? Why would he stop if he did it one year? And if he didn’t stop, then the theory that he cheated would do absolutely nothing to explain one year to the next.
    The people we know for sure did steroids had nothing to do with career years. Most of them were, in fact, very consistent performers. We knew they were cheaters because of some combination of freakishly large muscles, changing body types, unnatural longevity, odd health problems later, erratic behavior, etc. We noticed these things at the time (with most of them … Rafael being an exception) and the suspicion was born out in things that have come out. But the career year phenomenon goes way back before steroids and doesn’t prove anything on its own. I watch 13 year olds regularly hit balls 350 ft with wood bats … a good pro line drive hitter having a career year will rack up massive number of home runs in this bandbox era off of hits that would have been doubles, triples or outs in previous times.

  7. HallaBallLoo - Sep 29, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    A short sweet note to all those users who have dumped on “Old Gator” – given that most responses to “Old Gator” are negative and without merit justifiably reflects the current state of most of america’s citizenry and that is many of you are no smarter than a bag of nails.
    Every facet of life involves politics and politics helps form the mindset of human relationships. Then said relationships extend beyond politics and become one’s daily living of life. Make an attempt to realize and understand one of the universe’s cardinal rules – EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED.
    Compartmentalize all you want or wish it will not turn the tide or alter the rules of nature. Aside from the u.s. of a’s terrible health BUSINESS [care does not figure in] the attitude of cutting taxes is simply against all reason. A nation is a community and a community only survives by SHARING EVERYTHING; both its wealth and its problems.

  8. btberry - Sep 29, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Obama totally sucking as a President really has nothing to do with anyone hitting any home runs. Therefore, if the subject is home runs I don’t need to mention Obama sucking as a President or liberals being generally incapable of coherent thought (such as we see in this present example.) When I do want to discuss those truths I can do so in many forums in which people desire to discuss such points of view without being rude to people who are trying to have a completely unrelated discussion. It’s just a common courtesy.
    And if you do think that Obama sucking has anything to do with a guy in Canada hitting a 5oz ball with a 34oz bat and the ensuing result, then I would have to say you’re pretty hopeless.

  9. HallaBallLoo - Sep 30, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Thank you very much as your comment perfectly illustrates your profound lack of any level of critical thinking. The english language has a “word” that describes the completeness of your response. I leave it to you to discover this word as it may help you improve your mind and mindset. BTB there is a profound connection between home runs and your very well spoken yet weak-kneed, corporate-fawing president and it has much to do with “performance” as in hittin’ one out of the olde ballpark. If more americans learn one thing this decade may it be that they are part of every problem and that EVERYTHING is CONNECTED. The sense of EXCEPTIONALISM is both damaging and disgusting thus it is connected to both our physical and emotional essence.

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