Tying Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time home run list is a huge deal for New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez. However, no one outside the Yankees organization wants to celebrate the achievement due to Rodriguez’ link to performance enhancing drugs. Just the same as Barry Bonds, there needs to be an asterisk alongside the 660th career home run blast.
Cheating could be the leading reason why Boston Red Sox fan Mike Shuster refuses to offer the historical ball back to Rodriguez. I think Shuster is spot on with his actions.
Rodrigues doesn’t deserve to put the ball in the trophy case labeled “660” while there is a great chance he never would have reached that number in this stage of his career without using PEDs. Shuster is not really a Red Sox fan who hates Yankees. He’s a baseball fan who hates the idea of a cheater being celebrated.
Rodriguez and the Yankees are likely going to produce ridiculous offers for the home run ball that will be hard to pass up. It will be interesting to see if Shuster stays true to his guns once the proposals come flooding in. The hope is that he does, so they can send a powerful message to Rodriguez, showing him the way in which he’s treated the game is completely unacceptable.
For the fans who say Major League Baseball wants the baseball, think again. The Hall of Fame does not want this tainted bit of history. For this reason, Shuster is much better off selling it to a collector under the agreement that the ball won’t reach Rodriguez’ hands.