A-Rod’s Price of Admission

The Yankees third baseman proves that he’s not Barry or Mark or Roger.

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The scandal’s real impact is probably to reveal what is important about sport. During a time of rampant cheating in baseball, the game’s best player cheated for a brief time. The impact on the game will be slight (baseball has endured far worse situations than this); the effect on Rodriguez’s career may be marginal, but the screaming tabloid headlines will go on for days. It’s a classic story (good guy becomes goat), but the emotional investment in the story reflects the lack of competition. People love to get their hackles up, and A-Rod is as good a reason as any until the next good story comes along.

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Martin Johnson writes about music for the Wall Street Journal, basketball for Slate and beer for Eater, and he blogs at both the Joy of Cheese and Rotations. Follow him on Twitter.

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