The recent suspension of Alex Rodriquez and several others is not really surprising, but it is frustrating, even crushing to those who love the game. Fast Company shares a story of Nick Markakis, who didn't play in the All-Star game this year because one of the suspended players did. His reaction tells why drug use wrong and shows real class and sportsmanship.
“I’m not ticked off that I didn’t go to the All-Star Game. There are always opportunities later on in life. I’m not necessarily mad about the All-Star Game, but I’m just disappointed in these players,” said Markakis, who is in the fifth season of a six-year, $66.1 million extension with the Orioles. “This is a harmless game that has never done anything to anybody except be good to people. And you are going to go out there and cheat a game that is supposedly the national pastime?”
Dan Meyer, no longer playing, was quite a bit more blunt with his reaction.
I trust the players' reaction a lot more than I trust the reaction of sportswriter William Rhoden in this NewsHour report