It’s Time to Turn the Penalties into a Real Deterrent!

Robert Terson

Fair warning: I’m going on a rant here.

It’s no secret that I’m a baseball fan. I have Cubs’ season tickets at Wrigley Field and go to about 25 to 30 games a year. So baseball’s steroids scandal is something I’ve paid close attention to. It pisses me off—Royal! My s—t-list includes Barry Bonds, Manny Ramirez, Sammy Sosa (Have you ever seen the before-and-after photographs of Sosa? I howled with laughter the day he “forgot” how to speak English, in front of that Congressional committee), Roger Clemmens, Ryan Braun, and Alex Rodríguez. Braun and Rodríguez are, in my opinion, especially disgusting—their collective lies could reach the top of Mount Everest. Here’s a post by Gregg Doyal of re Braun that made me want to throw up.

Recently I was reading a piece in the Chicago Tribune where Kirk Gibson, manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks (Who can forget his famous walk-off home run in Game One of the 1988 World Series?), spoke of his wife’s comments re Braun’s 9-for-18 performance in the 2011 NLDS, including four doubles and a home run, which contributed mightily to the Brewers’ defeat of the Diamondbacks: “Her point was, she gets pissed off about the PED stuff and goes back to the playoffs and Braun.” He went on to say, “I told her that if I get a chance to see Braun, I got a question for him, right to his face. Is he about rehearsed by now? About ready to come out? He’s probably been practicing at theater school somewhere. People should have an opportunity to ask him some questions and have him answer them unrehearsed.”

Here, here!

Another thing that pisses me off Royal is illegal cellphone use while driving an automobile, especially those people who hold the damn thing up to their ear and try to drive around in heavy traffic, with only one hand on the wheel, which is actually nothing compared to the idiots texting while driving. They do it in school zones, construction zones, wherever. If they’re stopped in front of you at a traffic light, you have to honk to take them out of their texting stupor when the light turns green—wake up dummy, it’s time to drive!

The real problem with all this nonsense is, no one is willing to make the penalties strong enough to put a stop to it. The baseball players? Ban ‘em for life, like they did Pete Rose. The illegal cellphone use, especially the texting? Make it a $2,500.00 fine for the first offense, $5,000.00 for the second, and take the damn car away after that. Make the penalties strong enough to grab these individual’s attention and it’ll stop.

In Singapore they cane you if you don’t flush a public toilet. Guess what? It’s a rare occurrence. Now, I’m not advocating caning people, but I am advocating penalties that’ll get these jerks’ attention, get them to ponder the consequences of their actions. Why not? If we’re truly aghast at what they’re doing—we are, aren’t we?—let’s do whatever it takes to stop them.

Trust me, make the penalties severe enough and it will stop them! The vast majority, anyway.

That’s what I think.

What do you think?


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