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Baseball, The Butt Of All Jokes - Steroid Scandal Goes On

alex rodriguezBy Bryan Mongeau-Eastmond

NEW YORK (RushPRNews) 02/25/09- Comedians are notoriously known for poking fun at political figures, celebrities’ mishaps and professional athletes caught in the wrong. It comes with the territory. But sometimes, you can’t help but think that public figures purposely put themselves in harm's way to give humorists fresh material for their next act.

Well look no further then the grandest stage of them all: The Oscars. On Sunday night, host Hugh Jackman notes Meryl Streep’s 15 career nominations and said, “I hate to say it but when someone puts up numbers like that, it’s just hard not to think steroids.”

Some might feel that this was a direct attack to Alex Rodriguez, the most recent name in the steroid scandal. No question that Jackman took out his claws, as would Wolverine, making reference to the many tarnished accomplishments at the hands of baseball players who were being juiced.

Sadly, any notable performance out of the MLB in recent years automatically strikes the thought of steroids and rightfully so. Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, from Rafael Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire and now A-Rod, have collectively done their part in dirtying their professional sport.

Yes, America’s favorite pastime has seen better days. With former U.S. President, George W. Bush out of the starting line up for jokesters, next up at bat is baseball in its entirety.

The number one question surrounding these six talented players mentioned above, is “should they be inducted into the Hall of Fame and should their records/endeavors stand?”

How about asking the question: did these men along with the other 104 Major League Baseball players who tested positive in 2003 ruin baseball’s reputation?

Ever since the world of baseball has been plagued by controversy surrounding steroids, a dark cloud has been hovering over the game and too many players find themselves in the eye of the storm.

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is fighting in the name of his sport. “One thing that’s irritating and really upsets me a lot is when you hear people say that everybody did it,” said Jeter. “Everybody wasn’t doing it.”

We still don't know who hasn't been caught yet. There could be hundreds more out there. This is the reality of things. Until the MLB cleans up its act and its players with the help of advanced drug-testing programs, baseball will continue to take cheap shots and face the brunt of comedians.

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Bryan Mongeau-Eastmond is RushPRnews' weekly columnist. Bryan will be covering the National Football League, as well as breaking sports news. Bryan is available for freelance assignments. Write him at bryan@rushprnews.com with comments and story ideas.

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