There was an ugly incident yesterday that is in the end, much ado about nothing. A simple innocent blog post out in the Midwest started a chain reaction that culminated with Raul Ibanez taking things way too personal. He blew up literally for no reason in the Philadelphia media, and then said that blog writers are 42 year old guys that live in their mother's basements.
I am not a 42 year old blogger living in my mother's basement. Yet, that's what Raul Ibanez thinks a blogger is who writes about baseball or any other thing for that matter on a blog based upon his quote yesterday in the Philly Inquirer. Well, Raul - get a grip. You're a professional baseball player making millions of dollars playing a kid's game, you have the life. Yet, when a 'press' writer from Inquirer asked you a simple question about something that started so obscure from a Midwest sports blog, you went into a rage.
I followed this story after it broke in the media, and as a professional baseball player you are going to be asked questions you don't really care to hear. Claiming you're going to sue everyone involved in this silly matter even goes further into the sublime. Did listeners on television who heard Chase Utley utter those famous words after the Phillies won the World Series, that incidentally rang out over public airwaves. Was there a rush to sue anyone? Nothing, not that I am aware of.
The official 'press' feeds off of blogs now as much as bloggers feed off of the printed words of the official press.That is just how it is. Bloggers aren't a bunch of yahoos looking to diss sports players, they are writers that write about a million different things. Drugs in sports is one of them. The fact that a reporter from the Inquirer actually confronted Ibanez should have been an opportunity for Raul to take the high road and explain the dangers of taking illegal banned substances and he never took them would have been a sufficient answer.
You know, in Seattle there used to be a player named Alex Rodriguez he also said he never took steroids, we now know that to be untrue. Not to say Ibanez isn't being truthful but in this day and age you don't really know. The saga of the drug scandal in the MLB has many names involved in it, and a simple question shouldn't turn out to be a raging volcano.