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Sunday, October 13, 2013 12:00 AM

By JIM METCALFE

Sports Editor

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I was hoping that the Alex Rodriguez fiasco would simply go away.

I was hoping that the only thing I would have to write about this personage is whether his 211-game suspension was upheld or knocked down a few games.

Sweet dreams are made of these, to quote Annie Lennox.

Fat chance, in other words.

He is now suing Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig for what he terms a witch hunt for going after his alleged violations of the league’s drug agreement and labor contract, as well as some other stuff about impeding his chance to make millions of dollars and forcing him from the game.

In other words — in my humble opinion, to be sure — for having rules that you either broke or didn’t.

He keeps talking about how he can’t wait to have his “time” to set the record straight about what he did or did not do in regards to using performance-enhancers, etc., but he seems to keep putting that day off on his own accord.

I don’t pretend to know all the ins and outs of what he is claiming but either he wants to set the record straight or he doesn’t; quit putting your own roadblocks in the way.

Your fans — heck, all fans of baseball — deserve to know. You are making, what I view, is a ridiculous salary to play a game that I pay for whether I like it or not — watching games on TV, listening to them on the radio, whatever that improves the ratings.

I — I imagine the vast majority of us fans — want to know if you are a cheat. If you are not, we deserve to know that, too.

The fact that your own union president all but admitted you got caught with your hands in the cookie jar — if anyone has seen all the evidence that MLB has against you, he has, the grievance filed by the union notwithstanding since they are “doing their job” — speaks volumes.

Either you broke the rules in MLB or you didn’t. Whether Selig came too late to the party in regards to cracking down on PEDs and such — which is part of this suit and no one disputes that but he wasn’t the only one and I leave that to the imagination of my 11,341 faithful readers — is irrelevent; he got there and your union agreed to it.

This is all in my most humble opinion.

Now he is also suing the team for botching his medical care in the playoffs last season.

Good grief, Charlie Brown!

Breathe now!

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I watched replays of the disputed call in Tuesday night’s Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers playoff series, the non-fan interference call on the homer hit by Victor Martinez; rightfielder Josh Reddick felt he was in position to make what would have been a great catch to rob the homer.

There wasn’t much to really decide one way or the other.

I could see where he might have caught it and yet, he might not have.

The umps, after using the very same replays I was seeing, ruled that he wouldn’t have caught the ball, there was no interference and thus calling it a home run.

Replay is not a panacea, that is for sure. There will still be plays that come down to human judgement, rightly or wrongly.

What most of the comments I have heard were about — that I somewhat agree — is that Baseball needs to somehow stop this from happening, like putting in mesh fences to keep fans from reaching into the field of play.

In football and hockey, this is a non-issue (as far as interrupting play; there are other times fans can mix it up with the players) — and as close as the fans are to the court, basketball doesn’t really have this going on.

Whether Baseball can force teams to do such a thing, I don’t know, but I imagine the powers-that-be can.

In all honesty, I can’t necessarily blame a fan for reaching out and trying to catch a souvenir, especially that close to the action; I imagine they are not thinking in terms of interference.

Of course, the fact that this fan in particular was having Tiger fans chanting “MVP!” is interesting, to say the least.

 

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