South Street Bridge
South Street Bridge
Welp, today my all-time favorite athlete was slapped with a suspension by MLB for using a banned drug with the intention to mask PED use. This hurts.
I am by no means a celebrity worshiper. That said, Robinson Cano may be the only celebrity on earth who could break my heart. I've followed his career since he was a teenage prospect in the Yankees farm system. There's been plenty of great moments from clutch hits to jaw-dropping web gems. There's been All-Star games, awards, and the 2009 World Series. There was going to be a 3000 hit achievement, Hall of Fame induction, and possibly a plaque or retired number at Yankee Stadium.
Robbie Cano isn't just a great ball player though. On the field he exudes cool, style, and fun. Off the field, he's involved in the community. Just a couple years ago he a built a school in his Dominican home town for those in need and he hosts several charity events a year.
All that is to say this sucks. I don't care about steroids. I think users like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Alex Rodriguez should all be voted into the HOF. But I don't want my favorite player to be a user. It's nice to think the person I cheer for the most, the person whose box score I've checked every day for fourteen years, is clean. His reputation, on and off the field, is tarnished. He won't be remembered as a great player or a philanthropist. He'll be remembered as a cheater. And as a fan, it's heartbreaking to know his chances at the Hall of Fame, baseball's biggest individual honor, just plummeted.
To quote Godfather II, "Robinson, you broke my heart. You broke my heart".
PS- I know this is just sports and there is real heart break all across the country and the world. But baseball, and Robinson Cano specifically, has played a large part in my life, so yes, I'm going to be dramatic over this.
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