Chalk one up for self-awareness!
Padres pitcher Joe Musgrove, who “won” a World Series with the Southeast Texas Cheating Cheaters in 2017, is hoping to win another one with San Diego this year. Now, that’s not news, because every player wants to win the World Series every year. But Musgrove isn’t motivated by wanting to feel that amazing feeling again; nope, he just wants a ring he can be proud of.
The quote came from a larger story about Musgrove pitching for his hometown Padres, throwing the only no-hitter in the history of the franchise he grew up rooting for, and the struggles he went through as a teenager when his dad was near death with a rare medical condition. The line about the World Series was almost a throwaway line at the end of the article, but it speaks volumes.
Several members of the 2017 Cheaters have issued apologies on one form or another, although others have defiantly and in opposition to established facts remained adamant that they didn’t do anything everyone else wasn’t doing. This has emboldened a subset of the team’s fans to also bury their heads in the sand and scream about being scapegoats. It’s a hard life being that firmly in denial, but they manage.
So it’s refreshing to see Musgrove have the response a normal human would have. My team cheated to win the World Series, and I’m not proud of that. It’s so logical it makes you wonder why more players haven’t taken that public stance.
So good on you, No-No Joe. We don’t share your hope about winning a legitimate ring, but we respect your ability to recognize the illegitimacy of the one you have.
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