In the eternal words of Simon & Garfunkel, "Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you." The feeling of abandonment that Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel captured in their 1968 folk classic, "Mrs. Robinson", is one that many baseball fans can relate to today. Where have all our old heroes gone? What happened to ball players like Stan Musial, Mickey Mantle, or even Ken Griffey Jr? Instead, we've been treated to unbearable prima donnas like Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, and Barry Bonds. I mean, if one of the game's top talents is being told to "shut the fuck up" by his general manager of all people, then something has clearly gone haywire with our respect for pro baseball players.
Yes: Baseball has lost all of its old heroes.