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Suspended reality?

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.
August 6, 2013 1:35:18 PM PDT
Does it seem that Major League Baseball supporters are a bit too way-to-go after yesterday's much-ballyhooed suspension of 13 players for using performing-enhancing drugs?

I mean, good for the League for taking action. Getting suspended from 50 games - or 211 in the case of Alex Rodriguez - will cost these highly paid gents plenty.

But none of this happened because of baseball. In fact, if a guy in Florida hadn't tried to withdraw his measly $4,000 investment from a testing lab in that state - and then went to authorities when he couldn't get his money - none of this would have become public. So are baseball's backers suspending reality by slapping themselves on the back for a job well done?

I'm just sayin'.

Meanwhile, the pop psychologists are having a field day deconstructing the rambling, I-lost-my-train-of-thought "news" conference by A-Rod before his return to the Yankees line up last night in Chicago. Lots of column inches today devoted to how Rodriguez was raised, how he is narcissistic, how he blames everyone but himself, blah blah blah.

It's all a great read, but I couldn't help but think that perhaps we all bear some responsibility in the way these highly paid athletes are put on pedestals. In the quest for big money and big achievements, have we enabled them?

We'll have the latest on the scandal enveloping baseball and A-Rod, tonight at 11. We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Jeff Smith (in for Lee Goldberg) with his AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER

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