This is probably an unpopular stance to take, but I’m not entirely comfortable with the celebratory aspect of his return. I don’t know that he should be vilified — it’s not like Ramirez is the only player ever to test positive. At the same time, “everyone else is doing it” is no justification.
It’s great for the Dodgers and the game that he’s returning. I understand that, and I have little doubt that fans receive a superior product for their money when he’s on the field. I’m just not sure that celebration is the appropriate response here.
I don’t have kids, and goodness knows I abhor the tired “think of the children” meme, but how do parents who cheer his return explain their reasoning? I’m not being rhetorical; I honestly don’t know how you reconcile these two things:
welcoming back a person who was caught cheating
imparting to your children values that are beneficial to society
Maybe I’m just getting old and cranky. It wouldn’t be the first time.