If you’re scanning a sports website or TV channel this week, you’ll see tons of news on the NBA playoffs, or Tiger Woods hurting his poor knee. What you WON’T see is much of any celebration on Ken Griffey Jr. approaching the 600th home run milestone. I believe this is so unfair and hypocritical because Ken Griffey may be the first player in the last 35 years to reach 600 without cheating. He’s being forced to quietly make history in the shadows.
As much negative press ESPN gave Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa for their alleged steroid use, you’d think they would take the initiative and celebrate a man who did things the right way. Griffey isn’t receiving special “home run countdowns” from the worldwide leader in sports. ESPN doesn’t cut into other programs with live at-bats of Ken stepping to the plate.
As much as I watch ESPN, I believe they have to be held accountable for their actions. It makes me absolutely sick to see their analysts gang up, pile on, and turn up their noses at Barry Bonds yet not publicize something positive. They aren’t in the business of promoting or protecting the sanctity of sports, they’re in the business of sensationalizing everything for ratings.
The saddest part of all of this is I’ll be watching Pardon The Interruption tomorrow afternoon like nothing happened. I make myself sick.