Goatriders of the Apocalypse

In which I say goodbye to any political aspirations I may have had

As the self-appointed GROTA substance abuser (if any Riders would like to challenge me on this, then bring it on), I feel it’s my duty to step in here and say something about this whole Geo Soto issue.

Now I consider myself a law-abiding citizen of the U.S. just as much as anyone else, but seeing how I was in Amsterdam about two weeks ago, I had to have myself an isolated incident or two. This wasn’t my first rodeo though, but it was one of my more impressive binges.

In comparison to alcohol, my experience in the Netherlands was nothing. Sure I was in an altered state of mind that made me feel like a slice of butter melting on top of stack of flapjacks, but it didn’t hit me like the booze. Granted my experience with alcohol is much more excessive, but the physical toll of drinking on a regular basis has been disastrous to my health. When I came to college five years ago, I was able to run 8-10 miles on a daily basis with no problem. Now I’m lucky if I can make it from my bedroom to the kitchen without setting up base camp in the living room first. What’s even sadder is that I still workout everyday! The alcohol is just too much. It’s one step forward and two steps back.

Anyway, so those of you who think Geo’s lackluster performance this season is somehow related to weed, I’d say that’s a bit of stretch. If anything, it’s probably more related to alcohol, because if you think these guys don’t live it up in the offseason (and the regular season for that matter) then you’re just being an idiot.

There is one thing we can take away from all of this that is a troubling sign though. Rob, correct me if I’m wrong, but I think this was the point you’re trying to hit on here (or at least similar to what you were getting at).

Soto had to know as some point he was going to be tested. Geo and his agent aren’t morons. I’m sure the WBC didn’t hide the fact that they would be drug testing the players. So what does this mean? It means that Soto, knowing fully well that he would most likely be drug tested, still choose to use an illegal substance. Clearly he DID NOT CARE.

So what’s disturbing about all of this is not the act itself, but the reason behind the act. It was a selfish move on his Soto’s part and showed a lack commitment to law and his overall well-being as a professional athlete. It showed disrespect for the game, the rules, and his team. It showed that he is generally apathetic.

On some bigger scale, this might be some kind of a representation of the way the Cubs have played this season. Soriano called the team out earlier in the season for not playing with the same intensity and desire that they had in 2007 and 2008, so maybe this is a team wide attitude. Cubs fans (this site especially) gave the 2009 Cubs lots of praise before the season even started. The division looked like it would be a cakewalk without any serious competition. Who was going to stop them? Well, 69 games later the team is one game below .500 with three teams in the division ahead of them.

I’m not saying it’s our fault for pumping up this team more than they deserved. On paper, they still look solid and I refuse to believe they will play this bad in the second half.

I just look at Soto’s recent issue and see a selfish move by a young player who clearly made a poor decision without worrying about the aftermath. No big deal. I just hope this wasn’t an attitude created in the Cubs locker room, because that would be a much bigger problem in my opinion.

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