There is a problem in sports that I’ve never really talked about – but its primarily in one sport and its reared its ugly head recently. There has been a spike in drunk driving incidents in Major League Baseball and MLB Commissioner Bud Selig wants to be able to discipline players for these DUI’s, but it currently falls outside of the zone of authority. Shin-Soo Choo of the Indians last week – 6th Major Leaguer to get a DUI this early MLB season. I don’t need to name most of them, but infamously Miguel Cabrera, A couple of years ago, Tony LaRoussa fell asleep at a stop light – I’m not here to make people look bad but a good family friend worked at a college, for a minor league baseball team.
I don’t know if it’s the hot summers or its that being in great shape isn’t a necessity in baseball, but he said that baseball was about playing the game and going out and pounding Budweiser’s! and there is no sport that – part of the culture, is a bigger part of it than alcohol.
Listen, there is a baseball team called the Brewers…enough said! Harry Carry drank and bragged about it during games. One of the best franchises plays at Busch stadium…Busch Budweiser that is. So, when this family friend worked in minor league baseball, he said it was unbelievable! It was like shampoo…rinse and repeat. You get up late, you play golf, you take a nap, you go to the park, you play and then pound Budweisers…rinse and repeat. Heck, and when you go on the road for 10 days – it’s a frat house, I mean…its incredible!
Think about this – unlike other pro sports, Major League Baseball (MLB) allows athletes to drink beer in the clubhouse following a game! Like attorney’s would do after a rough day in court! The difference is…they’re not drinking it in the law firm. Now, there was an incident in 07’ where a player died driving home drunk and many franchises curtailed this. But I mean, Babe Ruth’s reputation “the solten of swill” and Mickey Mantle? Legendary during his playing days.
So, I don’t know if it’s the culture or if it’s the long hot summers – I don’t know exactly what it is, but it is an issue in baseball, it is shocking how much alcohol is a part of it. When you combine that with what we’ve had this year – 6 alcohol related incidents, one of the being Miguel Cabrera whose obviously a gigantic star in the sport