Tag: Pete Rose

Sports scandals in the movies

Baseball is deal with a fresh PED scandal, and who knows how all of this will play out. With guys like A-Rod facing the possibility of massive suspensions, the integrity of the game is at risk again, and baseball has learned from past scandals that you have to go all out to squash these things. For example, baseball hates the idea of gambling, but we all know guys love to bet on sports. In today’s world it’s much more mainstream, and you can check out this advice before betting on sports and there are many ways to enjoy this hobby. But baseball hates it of course of players, umps or coaches get involved and threaten the integrity of the game. Just ask Pete Rose.

If you’re looking for a cool Netflix option, check out “Eight Men Out,” a quality baseball film about the Black Sox Scandal which was another time in baseball history where the integrity of the game was questioned. The 1919 Chicago White Sox were a great baseball team, and yet they were basically paid off to throw the 1919 World Series. Making the story even more dramatic, Commissioner Judge Landis banned all eight players allegedly involved from professional baseball for life, including the immortal Joe Jackson. The movie captures the drama of the situation and it’s an interesting backdrop to today’s issues.

People invariably get caught up in the moment, but the repercussions of harsh penalties can have an impact for years – good and bad. But sometimes sacrificial lambs are necessary. Baseball was able to eradicate gambling problems until the Pete Rose scandal, and perhaps harsh punishments here can finally put the PED era to bed for baseball. Someday we’ll probably have movies about this as well.

It’s a Saturday trailer: “Win Win”

Paul Giamatti‘s late father was famously the commissioner of baseball during the Pete Rose scandal. I’m not sure what that has to do with “Win Win,” the new film starring today’s Edward G. Robinson and a terrific supporting cast from Tom McCarthy of “The Visitor” and “The Station Agent,” except that both baseball and Greco-Roman wrestling are sports, but I thought I’d mention it anyway.

H/t Latino Review.

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