So often it is the tragedies, big and small, that command the bold type and epic headlines in sport. It’s natural, for that’s where human drama intrudes on fantasy, where games are interrupted by real life.
It’s the story of Dwight Gooden, of Jose Canseco and Lawrence Phillips, as well as Steve Howe and Todd Marinovich and J. R. Rider and JaMarcus Russell. Individuals blessed with marvelous gifts end up bobbling and dropping them, shattering them to pieces.
Such reports are presented as cautionary tales. And we see that the fall can be so much more devastating than the rise was exhilarating.