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Is This World Series Tainted?

October 24, 2012 - Al Stephenson
I love the city of San Francisco. I have been there on two occasions and enjoyed both stays immensely. It is cool to ride a cable car, to drive down Lombard Street and cross the Golden Gate Bridge. My family and I took a boat ride around the Bay, steaming past Alcatraz. We went to Fisherman's Wharf every night. The Wharf is full of activities and has some great restaurants.

In short I can honestly say that San Francisco is my favorite city in the whole country. So why am I so bummed out that the San Francisco Giants are in the World Series?

The answer to that question is simple. I'm not really sure they deserve to be there. The Giants took the National League West after using Melkey Cabrera for more than half the season. As you know, The Melkman was found to have cheated the game by failing a drug test. He was suspended for 50 games, but the Giants had, by the time of the suspension, amassed a pretty good record. The Giants were not penalized and I have to wonder if they should have been.

They garnered many of their victories using a player who contributed mightily but was cheating as he did so. The Giants also will have home field advantage, again thanks in no small part to Melkey Cabrera. He was the MVP in the midsummer All Star Game. Baseball, for reasons I still don't quite understand, gives the home field advantage to the league that wins the All Star Game.

So if the Giants win the 2012 World Series, will it be deemed fair? I have never been a fan of asterisks and I'm not proposing to use one here, but at the very least the title will be a little tainted if the Giants win.

Having got that off my chest, I can now tell you that I plan on watching the Series. I am, after all, a baseball fan. I have no particular rooting bias in this series and don't really care who wins.

The view from my seat suggests that the situation could be a lot worse. Cabrera's 50 game suspension is up and he could be playing in the Fall Classic. Kudos to the Giants for doing the right thing and not allowing him to suit up. Had they chose to let him play, I believe I would have a rooting bias.


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