Elvis Andrus is a franchise cornerstone in Texas, despite a dearth of franchise-player statistics. But there's more to the game than what's measurable, and the quantifiable part of Elvis Andrus' game has little to do with why Rangers fans love him so much.
Major League Baseball's rules regarding PEDs aren't perfect, and neither is the league's enforcement of those rules. Neither of those is a reason to surrender, or a reason not to applaud MLB's recent attempt to enforce those rules.
Jay Buhner's kid is named Gunnar, and he is about to be a professional baseball player. Bud Selig is a renegade lawman. Chuck Knoblauch's nephew wants to play flip-cup. Terry Collins is possessed by a demon that loves bunts. Nothing will ever be the same.
Because it feels like home, and because it is enveloping, being a devoted fan of Major League Baseball can be an intensely comforting thing, especially when confronted with the unfamiliar. But, at some point, we all have to leave home.
Towson University's decision to cut some lower-profile sports was handled with a nasty and drearily familiar high-handedness. But there are a number of assumptions and value judgments underlying this decision that have significance far beyond Towson. Can unprofitable sports survive in a college sports scene that's increasingly about profits?