Sale Must Now Abide

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Anytime a young, potentially great athletic person like Tampa Bay Rays prospect Josh Sale takes the dark path it pisses me off to no end. The life expectancy of an athletic career is so short-termed that any and all of life’s hiccups can rob you of the precious opportunity to live out your sports dream.

images (3)Sale at one point had tremendous up-side for the Rays, but that was before his first downward spiral and 50-game suspension for testing positive for methamphetamine and another source of amphetamine.

You had hoped that Sale took it upon himself in his downtime via suspension to eradicate a few demons, found other positive outlets to alleviate the stresses of his career/ lifestyle choices and had found a positive path towards reviving his baseball career.

But little did we know that smile and external optimistic nuance was more fiction that factual as he again took a wrong turn towards darkness and this time had a 100-game penalty accessed against him for his deplorable drug usage.

stripperweb29s-3-webSome will say I’m being harsh as Sale is an addict and I should be wary of imposing my harsh views as he will be fragile and seeking help as he struggles once again with his addiction.

Others will be adamant to point out that Sale did not take a life or impose harm on others, but I truly feel you are only half right here. The reality is that Sale basically injured himself, doing self-inflicted damage by sustaining another vital blow to his dream of being a professional baseball player by again falling prey to his weakness.   

But what really gets me deep and stirs my editorial pot is when an athletic steps once again in the same vapid hole that devoured them the first time and find themselves once again at rock bottom and do not show shame or admonish their dark ways.   

downloadThe one great reaction that will happen because of this is that Sale will be offered every opportunity to try and turn himself around not only for his career, but for himself as a person.

Right now in all honesty the Rays have to fix Sales the young man before any movement can be made to possible re-create Josh Sale, the baseball player.

Even as our world disposes of our less desirable things in life, throwing them instantly into the trash to be forgotten and disposed of, resurrecting another human being, bringing about a positive outcome as a heralded human reclamation project.

joshsale052913Sale has been suspended twice now for drug offenses. Tack on the fact the Rays organization in May 2013 suspended Sale indefinitely for “conduct detrimental to the organization” which resulted because of a bizarre incident in a strip club between some hurled quarters and a dancer.

Not only did Sale act immature in the club and in public, but he took to social media (Facebook) and bragged on the event further bringing shame and humiliation to others.

Worst yet, this action came 1 day after Sale was added to the Rays Single-A Port Charlotte Stone Crabs

images (1)Sometimes you just got to eradicate the cancerous evolution or degeneration of morality perpetrated by a person as they take another fall from grace as they blindly blow through the obligatory Stop signs of morality or ignore or heed the substance danger signals around them.

Certainly this second smack has to be the moment Sale is shocked back into a real reality and brevity of his actions. I sincerely hope that Sale heeds this last chance at any possible career or life redemption and takes to it with the same grit and determination he did his early baseball career.

Sale must now abide. He must admit and address the severity of what has happened to his personal and professional life and begin to again format a battle plan to combat his weaknesses or the only way Sale will ever get into a M L B stadium will be if he buys a ticket.

 

 

 

 

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