One reason why I like spring so much is because it brings a renewed hope for the coming year, especially when it comes to our baseball teams in town. Baseball fans of all ages counting down the days till their favorite team breaks camp and opens the season with a feeling of a clean slate. Whatever happened the past year no matter how surprising or disappointing no longer matters because the new year begins now. With all the positive vibes coming from both camps in Chicago and the experts beginning to weigh in on their projections before the first pitch is even thrown, baseball is back and that is all that matters.
Last night I was watching HBO's wonderful sports program Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, and all the positive vibes I felt from the Cubs camp came to a screeching halt. I was not aware of two things which the multi Emmy winning program revealed last night.
One was convicted steroids madman Victor Conte was out of prison and working with athletes again.
Two....Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd is his top baseball client.
Like MLB I wondered to myself what in the hell is Marlon Byrd thinking teaming with the man who is most associated with baseball's black eye.....the steroid era?