Larry Bigbie's Day in the Sun

Feb 16, 2009 at 2:44 pm
Larry Bigbie is mad as hell, and he's not going to take it anymore! 

Well, that's not quite true. He's not all that angry, to be honest. He does, however, refuse to take it anymore. 
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Okay, okay. I'm still exaggerating. He actually seems fairly resigned to his fate, if truth be told. Jesus, what is it with you guys? Can't just let me have my attention grabber? 

Anyhow, what Larry Bigbie is doing is talking to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, about the steroids, the investigation into the steroids, the fallout from the investigation into the steroids, and what he's realized from the fallout from the investigation into the steroids. 

It's a fantastic interview; I hope you'll all head over and check it out. At the very least, it should make an interesting addendum to recent reading here at the Rundown. More than that, though, you really get to see a bit of the human side of the steroid issue, which is something I think we sorely miss out on sometimes. We look at the record book, and the salaries, and all of those other things, and heap condemnation on these players without stopping to put ourselves in their shoes, if only for a moment. 

And that's what I got out of it. Bigbie isn't concerned with his place in baseball history; he's much more concerned with the relationships he's damaged with people he used to consider friends. He's hoping to play again in Japan, but is also looking forward to family life and some sort of normal career. Of all the things in the interview that stood out to me, the one that really brings it all home, so to speak, is when Bigbie talks about trying to finish his degree online. How many of us know someone doing that exact same thing? How many of us are doing it ourselves? It's strange, but reading Bigbie say that makes me a little sad, to be honest, and I don't know why exactly. 

Just a guy, trying to figure out what he wants to do with the rest of his life. Not a devil, not a saint. Just a dude, a little better off than most, but still just a dude for all that. 

Good luck, Larry. I hope you find whatever it is you're looking for.