Tagged: AIDS

Hirschbeck breathes sigh of relief

alomar.jpgI don’t mean to make light of a potentially serious situation like HIV and AIDS, but if we can’t laugh in these troublesome times for our nation, economy, and our beloved pastime, what else can we do?

Roberto Alomar, a first-ballot Hall of Famer, by my estimation, who tainted his legacy a bit by spitting in the face of umpire John Hirschbeck in 1996, is now accused of knowingly exposing an unwitting partner to HIV.

Yikes, it’s been a rough few days in baseball land. But like I said in my original A-Rod reaction post, baseball is merely a distraction from everyday life for me. Sure, I’ve invested untold time and emotion in the game throughout my life, but there is more to both life and the game itself than the sanctity of home run records or the unsavory actions of a select few outside the lines.

Baseball recovered from the Black Sox scandal, Pete Rose, cocaine, the strike of 1994, and countless other controversies. It will recover from steroids, A-Rod, and anything else committed by those who do its name a disservice.