[Ed. – How impossible would it have been for Boot to write an article about the disgrace that is the Houston Astros for cheating without mentioning Donald Trump? Never mind. The answer is self-evident.]
In an ideal world, sports should provide an inspirational and joyous respite from real life. That is not the world we actually inhabit. The No. 1 sports story in America — the Major League Baseball cheating scandal — simply reinforces the lesson of the No. 1 political story — President Trump’s misuse of his power to benefit well-connected criminals and to punish those who have tried to ferret out his wrongdoing. Both developments send a dispiriting message that vice pays better than virtue and that the strong are pardoned while the weak are punished.