630 Tarnished

By Stephen Brennan

630. When you read that the first thing that comes to your mind is just a number, and to most people it is a number. But today, April 13th 630 become more than just a number to Alex Rodriguez. He hit homerun number 630 today in Yankee Stadium tying him with Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr.  Yankee fans jumped in joyous, not only was it number 630 but it was also A-Rod’s first homerun and RBI of the season.

For many people this would be a historical moment, catching Ken Griffey Jr who is considerably the greatest all around baseball player of all time. But in my personal opinion his numbers do not mean anything anymore and he should not even be in the same conversation as Ken Griffey Jr. About 6 years ago there was a secret released that would forever ruin A-Rod’s career and anything he ever accomplished.

Alex Rodriguez tested positive for performance enhancing drugs or as we like to call them steroids. Lately the number of athletes testing positive has definitely increased with all of the medical innovations steroids seem like the logical answer when trying to come back from an injury quicker. But they are illegal to take as a professional athlete and since he tested positive his legacy is forever tarnished.

He should not be allowed into the Hall of Fame, they should even take his home run numbers out of the book and make sure nobody knows about them, just like they should do with Barry Bonds. Cheaters should not be rewarded that sets a bad example for all children growing up wanting to become baseball players. It’s time to lay down the law and make sure that everyone knows that this will not be tolerated. Don’t celebrate 630, destroy it.


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