Monday, October 23, 2006

Sticky Fingers

I was almost ready to call Detroit pitcher Kenny Rogers the feel-good story of this postseason. Today, having seen ESPN's footage of Rogers's browned-up pitching hand from several playoff games, I'm almost ready to call him a cheater.

While I'm at it, I'll call myself naive. Even with near-proof that several players are using steroids, I still get caught up in pro sports. I want to believe people are playing for the love of the game. It's probably more true that they're playing for money, attention, an adrenaline rush, or because they have no other marketable skills.

Say it ain't so.

1 comment:

Graham said...

There was a great interview on SI.com with an unnamed pitching coach, who said Rogers probably had to use pine tar because it was too cold to use the other popular foreign substances - shaving cream or suntan lotion.