Braves pitcher John Rocker wound up and threw his best verbal pitch
at Sports Illustrated last December. Worse than giving
up a home run, Rocker demonstrated an amazing case of athlete’s foot-in-mouth.
Recently, Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig tossed Rocker out of the
game until the first of May. John Rocker’s tirade against homosexuals,
minority ethnic groups and foreigners all but destroyed his promising,
rising career with the team of the 90s and maybe the new Millennium.
a Diplomatic Libra
first glance, Rocker’s (October 17, 1974; Statesboro, Georgia) five
planets in Libra belie his less-than-diplomatic outpouring of social
slurs. Libra usually bends to social graces, appropriate behavior
and deferring opinions in consideration of the feelings of others.
But look at Rocker’s Libra lineup. Behind him on the infield of his
chart stand powerfully passionate Pluto, delicately balancing Venus,
combustible Mars, the blazing Sun and rocky Uranus. This combination
is no genteel tea party, even though it’s in the sign of Libra.
the Sun and Uranus hold the closest bond of the five planets. Edgy
planets Mars and Uranus visit the Sun during frequent mound visits.
Somehow, late last year they decided to hard-pitch the premiere sports
magazine. Mars adds an edge to what it touches—an impatience or irritation—waiting
for the slightest provocation to fan its fires. Then, poof, everything
in sight gets scorched. Uranus often possesses a know-it-all righteous
tone. Whether the viewpoint is liberal or conservative doesn’t matter
to this radically-tilted planet, as long as the position sits on the
edge like the fringe of a National League flag.
Puts His Foot In His Mouth
the exaggerator, the embellishing, tell-it-like-you-see-it planet
turned direct about the time the interview
came out and squeezed this planetary trio. Jupiter, from its position
of self importance and exalted knowing (though not understanding the
basics of the game), persisted in telling Rocker what verbal pitch
to throw. The words flew out of Rocker’s mouth faster than one of
his blazing fastballs. The result was that Rocker was kicked out of
the game until May, a punishment which, according to most experts
in the field, seemed excessive for the offense. Rocker became an example
of overstated retribution. Justice, a Jupiterian commodity, swung
and missed the ball, looking foolish in the twisted wake of Rocker’s
the Punishment Fix the Crime?
the league talks about sensitivity training to straighten out the
suspended hurler’s thinking, the odds of success in this venture parallel
that of a rookie batter coming against the big guy for the first time.
John Rocker possesses the inflexible, passionate about everything
in life, Scorpio Moon.
the fast planet of communication, is also in Scorpio in Rocker’s
chart, and confirms the deep feelings of the Moon. The retrograde
placement of the messenger complicates the natural tendency to
just blurt out the words. Certainly, one of the messages for Rocker
is "think before you speak," or "maybe don’t speak what you think."
Mercury from Scorpio slyly smiles as it reports, "You can tell
me what to say, but I don’t have to mean it. And you certainly
cannot tell me how to feel."
note: Rocker's suspension was cut in half on March 1 by an independent
arbitrator. Rocker, now in spring training, must sit out the first
14 days of the regular season and his $20,000 fine was cut to
Does Rocker’s Punishment Mean for the Rest of Us?
a "personality" hits the news in a big way, the Universe underscores
the playbook with a Cosmic Message. When Rocker let it rip back in
December, Pluto and
Chiron aligned in the highly
principled Sagittarius taking a stand on Rocker’s creed. Like it or
not, his outburst surfaced important philosophical and political considerations,
regardless of our opinions of Rocker or his opinions.
speech and the right to render all opinions prevail as guaranteed
assurances in this country. Rocker’s words fortunately started no
riots, but he proved what kind of venom an unthinking, biased person
can direct. And it was his right to do so. Rocker, in his own backward
way, shows us that we must recall the very principles upon which this
country began. How ironic that he works so hard at playing the national
spring training begins, something’s missing. John Rocker is missing.
Maybe he realizes he’s opened eyes to our need to reclaim our personal
rights and to restore our opinions as our own. Then again, maybe he
doesn’t. His position of baseball fame led to an unwitting notoriety
that undoubtedly fulfills a part of his destiny in this life. And
as is true with most of us, we’re not even aware of what is happening
at the time.
Next for Rocker
worry about the boy. Rocker does have Saturn trine the Moon in his
horoscope. This aspect of well-greased success shows that the real
world comes to bat for him. Like a sports agent with a silver tongue,
Rocker surely will get his cleats back on the mound, pitching in land
of free speech and the home of the Atlanta Braves.
has left his mark with his opinions—as we all do. We’ll never be able
to watch him hurl again without considering what he said. And we’ll
think about our own secret thoughts. Will we have the baseballs to
say them out loud?