Posted on: May 19, 2009 5:58 pm

Eric Chavez is a Gamer for life

Today I read an article stating that Athletics' third basemen, Eric Chavez, is at risk of having severe back complications for the rest of his life. With six gold gloves, more than 200 home runs and an entire spent in Oakland, it seems as though he is close to hanging up the cleats.

While spending more than 300 games these last few years on the DL with lingering problems, Chavez has dealt with pain many of us will never know to feel. He now faces the fact that spinal fusion surgery will be needed much sooner than expected - 15 years earlier - which will basically put the discs in his spine back to normal.

This has landed Chavez on the DL for 2009, and more than likely he has played his last game for the green and gold. 

Eric Chavez is a gamer. He was an intergral part of the MLB Record-Breaking 20-consecutive win season back in 2002. He got a little taste of postseason while in Oakland as well, playing with some of the games biggest stars of his era. 

The defensive wizard was a vaccum at third base. He could pick any ball hit to him and could do so without error. The six gold gloves was just the beginning of something really special. It still is, but now has been hampered by an injury that will cut his career short. 

I'm sure his fellow teammates of the past and present can appreciate what this man has brought to the game of baseball. As an A's fan, I really looked forward to seeing #3 dress up for Oakland, and do his job better than thousands of players whom have spent time in the MLB. 

The problematic back goes well beyond baseball. This will affect how he is able to walk and move when he gets older. The severity is so relevant that he has come public and explained how bad his injury really is.

Regardless of his decent hitting and more-than stellar defense, Chavez played the game how it was supposed to be played. He probably could have done what other players in the league like Alex Rodriguez or Miguel Tejada did by illegally taking steroids to enhance their play, regardless of being in pain. Chavez did it the right way. He played hard and he did so with pure will and determination. 

Many players have shortened careers due to injury. It is very unfortunate to see a person with so much talent unable to display his skills. Eric Chavez proved he has heart, passion and dedication to his teammates, the organization and the fans of Oakland.

Eric Chavez will always be known as a gamer. Hopefully he can use the leadership he provided to his colleagues to good use and possibly get into the front office of this organization. He was always an Athletic, and always a gamer.

Its a sad day for Oakland baseball. I wish Eric and his family the best of luck through his critical surgery. 

Go A's! 
Posted on: January 23, 2009 1:47 pm

Jay McGuire, the red-headed step-child

When speculation escalated back in 2005 that Mark McGuire was using performance-enahancing drugs, I was not shocked about the claim. Growing up in the East Bay, I rooted for the Oakland Athletics. Especially, McGuire and fellow roid-ragin' bash brother Jose Canseco smashing the covers off balls.

The federal government spent millions of un-needed dollars with the Mitchell Report, which really proved to be a waste of time and humiliation for many players accused of using performance-enhancing drugs. McGuire sat with Rafael Palmerio, Clemens and other alleged roid users whom faced legislators whom wanted answers. Palmeiro was a liar, as he took back his statement saying he never once used performance enhancing drugs. McGuire didn't lie, he played the safest route his representation guided him on.

"Im not here to talk about the past," McGuire said. "I'm here to talk about the future."

Without answers from these players directly, months passed and other folks decided to take this situation head on by themselves. Canseco, almost proud at the time he unsurfaced the truth about players, including McGuire using Steroids. Trainers came out and admitted to giving players these drugs.

Now, with all that McGuire has had to deal with, he gets the SHAFT from his own blood, his real brother, Jay. McGuire already has carved his own grave by playing safe in 2005 during the court appearance. He lost his reputation with the Steroid controversy, might not make it to the Hall of Fame (see 583 TOTAL HR's) and is basically banished from America's past-time.

Jay McGuire is the brother I never ever wanted. Earlier this week, he came out with a statement on his new book that he explained would straighten the facts about his brother and Steroid use. The man is attacking his own brother, and at what cost? I read an article on CNNSI.COM how Jay wanted to get the truth out in the open, and how his brother should accept his mistakes. What a nice thing for a sibling to do to his brother.

I am the oldest of four, two younger brothers, one sister. In no way imaginable would I ever RAT out any of them for any reason at any time. I find it difficult to fathom how Jay McGuire could do this to his brother. What is this going to prove? What good will it do for the sport of baseball, the fans of baseball and most importantly his brother?

This book will have no merit, just like Canseco's book "JUICED." It will chastize the baseball community and taint the game that has been around for decades.

Whether this book is being written for monetary purposes, or if Jay McGuire is really trying to help his brother accept the "truth," he has no right no go after his own brother like this.

I am dissapointed, and more upset at this coward for ratting out his own flesh and blood. Thanksgiving dinner with the family will never be the same again....


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