Tiger’s Comrades

Apparently, Tiger Woods and his wife, Elin Nordegren, have gotten divorced.  As we all well know, this came about as result of Woods serial affairs and wild living.  In turn, we also know that these facts prove that Tiger Woods is the worst person ever to have walked the face of the planet.  I read a recent post by Joe Posnanski that helped put the Woods story in a bit of context, comparing him to golfer Hal Sutton. This post emphasizes just how quintessentially contemporary the Woods story is. In a world before the internet, text messages, and a 24-hour news cycle, the Woods story is not the story that we all know today.

Now, I am a baseball fan, and I think that this story, like all others, is best understood in the context of baseball. Along with being a baseball fan, I have a strong streak of pessimism. I think it is important for all pessimists to be pessimists not only about today, but about the past as well. In honor of Tiger Woods, let me present an all-time team that would never leave the gossip pages if they played today:

C – King Kelly
1B – Jimmie Foxx
2B – Pete Rose
SS – Arky Vaughan
3B – Wade Boggs
RF – Babe Ruth
CF – Mickey Mantle
LF – Hack Wilson
RHP – Grover Cleveland Alexander
LHP – Rube Waddell

This is a lineup heavy on alcoholism, with a nice mix of womanizing to give us some diversity, and the only non Hall of Famer is prevented from receiving votes. The Tiger Woods story is nothing new; sadly, it has been with us always.

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5 Comments on “Tiger’s Comrades”


  1. Couldn’t agree more. Hypocrisy, however, also runs rampant in our culture. We love to tear down our “heroes”, although their behaviors generally mirror those of the society that produced them.
    I might add Billy Martin to the list as well.
    Nice post, Bill

  2. verdun2 Says:

    To this list, which is a good one, you could also add all those drug users of the 1970s and 1980s (like D. Gooden, etc). Good job reminding us that our heroes aren’t all that heroic sometimes.
    v

  3. sportsphd Says:

    Very true. A team that can start with Darryl Strawberr y and Tim Raines in the outfield, Dwight Gooden on the mound, and Paul Molitor at third has an excellent, if unsavory, core.

  4. sportsphd Says:

    As a matter of fact, an All-Time Cocaine team:
    1B – Keith Hernandez
    2B – Paul Molitor
    SS – Dale Berra
    3B – Enos Cabell
    OF – Dave Parker
    OF – Darryl Strawberry
    OF – Tim Raines
    C – Darrell Porter
    RHP – Dwight Gooden
    LHP – Vida Blue
    Closer – Steve Howe
    M – Ron Washington


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