The unfortunate flip-side of all the old-timey reverence for hallowed names like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig is that the players of today are held to the same standards of character and behavior as their turn-of-the-century forefathers. In case you guys weren't aware, though, the world has changed since the days of the Great Bambino. So why should we expect professional athletes to be paragons of virtue when our other cultural icons are allowed to act as they please?
The code of conduct that we've imposed upon these guys is ridiculous. If Kim Kardashian can make her name and millions of dollars off of a sex tape and a terrible reality show, then why can't a desperate minor leaguer hoping to earn the big bucks do what it takes to find that extra edge? This isn't about being cynical; it's about being fair.