Where is the outrage? Where is the moral grandstanding and open defiance from columnists and talking heads and message board warriors and bloggers and everyone? Where are the bleacher chants and needles and buckets of outright abuse for the never-ending string of thoughtless, selfish, and reckless morons who insist on using Florida and Arizona as their drunken go kart track?

Why will Ryan Braun not go a single day for the next five years without hearing SOMETHING about his positive drug test while the scores and scores and scores of entitled jackasses who ACTUALLY put people’s lives at risk just skate?

This must stop. It has to stop. We, as baseball fans and people of Earth and sensible creatures with feelings and compassion, must stop this. When are the Senate hearings scheduled? Will Miguel Cabrera and Tony LaRussa and every other above-the-law wino that “paid their debt to society” get dragged in front of a kangaroo court to discuss the scourge of idiots driving drunk at 3am? The (evident but never to be spoken of) rampant alcoholism that cuts a swath through Major League baseball.

No. That won’t happen. It won’t happen if somebody dies (they already have) or somebody runs a school bus full of blind children off the road. It will. Not. Happen.

There is no political will for “boys will be boys.” There are no points to gain for rich white people getting caught trying to sneak in the back door of the gated community. This will go on forever. The entertainers entertain, so long as they aren’t impugning the “integrity of the game.”

Two of the players caught yesterday, Bobby Jenks and Matt Bush, have long histories of struggles with alcohol. Treatment is surely available for them but these prideful men may or may not heed the countless warnings and copious professional advice made available to them.

So here we are. And here we will stay. Until someone or something changes in a very, very significant way, not a single thing will change.

Comments (21)

  1. Here here. Every baseball writer and fan should read this.

    • I totally agree. Drunk driving is such an abhorrently selfish act. If you do it you are basically saying “My own convenience (getting home, in theory, a little faster and having my car there waiting for me the next day) is more important than my safety and the safety of EVERY OTHER PERSON AROUND ME.”

      How much of a fucking asshole do you have to be to have an opinion like that?

    • Totally agree. Fed up with all the moralizing around steriods yet this never gets talked about. It’s ridiculous.

  2. Great article. I agree, this should be read and shared by everyone.

  3. Bring on the Roger Goodell style of discipline and ‘protect the shield’ of Major League Baseball. If you get caught driving drunk at spring training, its kind of like doing it on New Years Eve; You know damn well the cops are gonna be out looking for you, its ridiculous even to think about it.

    • I think the law needs to do its part. Lose your license? Nope. I’ll take the car kthxbai

      • The idiot was driving with a .180 alcohol reading and hit a 72 year old motorcyclist who got seriously injured.

        Losing his licence and possibly doing some jail is one thing.

        What about MLB suspending players for alcohol related offences? 50 games sound fair?

  4. Methinks Selig would do well to make an example of these two guys. Suspend them indefinitely pending rehab or something.

  5. Drew, for the life of me I can’t understand where there’s this influx of DUI’s during Spring Training. Is it some kind of party atmosphere during March or something like that? Regardless, it’s senseless and it’s stupid.

    And to think, these are just the DUI’s that are reported … imagine how many more are swept under the rug by the team. I don’t mean to get all hyperbolic here, but this really is an epidemic. Selig needs to step in and do something soon before somebody gets hurt.

  6. Why are you even driving in the first place. THE LEAGUE MINIMUM IS $480,000 A YEAR FOR CHRIST’S SAKE. Take a cab like all us other proles do.

  7. This happens in almost every pro sports league. Remember Donte Stallworth? He actually killed a pedestrian and got only 30 days in jail.

    How does being a steroid-user affect the “sanctity” of the game and not drinking under the influence? Ridiculous.

  8. There’s a lot more behind that Dante Stallworth case than just him killing a pedestrian and getting only 30 days.

    He waited till morning until driving, and he hit someone trying to cross a freeway. Even if he were completely sober, he would have hit the person. Still doesn’t excuse it, but there’s a lot more behind it than that. Still, professional athletes have services provided by teams to make sure this doesn’t happen, and I have no idea how it ever does.

    It’s an incredibly selfish act that deserves a harsher punishment, especially from baseball.

  9. So, whose dog/mom/best friend was killed by a drunk driver? I run over people/dogs/tricycles all the time but since I am sober it is somehow less offensive? I think the real criminals here are shitty drivers.

  10. Also, SHAME! 10char

  11. At what point did drink driving stop being cool?

  12. Wish Damo Cox was here to ask the question. Well done.

  13. I would be a little more understanding if they weren’t millionaires and couldn’t afford cabs. However when you have the resources how much inconvienence really is calling a cab and maybe having your car towed? I really can’t wrap my head around it.

  14. Thank you, Drew, for speaking up. DUI kills a lot of people each year, and as role models for our kids, these guys suck!!
    Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive illness that will eventually kill them if left unchecked. The least they can do is try to avoid killing someone else in the meantime. As far as help goes, it is available, but they are the only ones that can help themselves.

  15. I understand DUI is serious charge, BUT out of all the players that are in MLB it happens rarely that we know about and I don’t see an epidemic. It’s still stupid, but don’t go overboard.

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