Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 8/17/13
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. Lester, who grew up a Rodriguez fan in Washington, still can’t fathom why the slugger would go the PED route. “We were talking about it as players the other day,” Lester said. “OK, pre-2004, whatever. It is what it is. We put those rules in in 2004. Anything that happens after 2004, you’re spitting in every baseball player’s face.” “I get that the money in this industry is just absolutely asinine,” he said. “I get that that drives a lot of people. I get that. But would you rather have $10 million in the bank, or would you rather be able to look your dad in the eye or your wife in the eye and say, ‘I did it right. I may have only played five years, but every one of those days I was clean and did it right.’ “I’d rather play five years of (clean) mediocre baseball than play 20 of good baseball (on steroids). When you’re done, what do you tell your kids? ‘Yeah, I played baseball for 20 years, but I stuck a needle in my ass the whole time.’ ” Herald - Jon Lester shows little patience for A-Rod As a guy that has no shame, but also no money, I wouldn't mind depositing a shame-filled $10 million check into my bank account.  Maybe that's just me.  Jokes aside, Lester makes an excellent point.  Pre-2004 it's assumed that pretty much every player was up to something in the world of performance enhancement.  It's not fair, but it is what it is.  That's nearly a decade ago now (man does time fly), and we've all moved on. But to keep it up once it was all exposed, and once the rules were put into place?  It's harder to forgive that.  It may not be fair, and there may be a tab bit of hypocrisy in that attitude, but the alternative is to shun the sport of baseball entirely.  And nobody wants to go down that route.  Living in New York, I get to watch the Yankee broadcasts when the Sox play (it's as bad as you think it is).  Last night, when Ortiz stepped to the plate the announcers made a big show to discuss Papi's failed drug test from 2003.  Their premise was essentially that Ortiz is a dirty cheater and as guilty as A-Rod, yet he's "as beloved as any player in the game", while A-Rod is an outcast.  There is so very much wrong with that statement that we could spend 6 columns dissecting it.  But the crux of the matter isn't likability.  It's how their respective situations were handled.  Ortiz pulled the whole "I'm blindsided, I don't understand, I'll get to the bottom of this" routine, which we all rolled our eyes at.  But that's the standard response when players are caught. He took the fire, dealt with the backlash, then we all moved on with our lives. A-Rod admitted it too, and if he left it at that, we wouldn't be discussing this today.  But he didnt.  He kept using and got caught.  Then he tried to cover it up, etc. etc. etc.  That's the difference.  Plus the fact that he's, you know, incredibly unlikeable.  Talking about A-Rod and PED's is waaaaaay better than discussing last night's ********.  In related news, someone better grab a cup-full of Soriano's pee.  What's that all about? Rest of the links: Herald - Sloppy Sox slump | Felix Doubront struggles with another start | Globe - Lead down to one game after an ugly loss | 3 errors help doom Red Sox in 10-3 loss to Yankees | WEEI - Red Sox at a crossroads? Recent struggles bring season to pivot point | Red Sox offer mixed feelings on rights of A-Rod | CSNNE - Comedy of errors | A-Rod on rumors he leaked names: 'It's not true'
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