Thursday, August 6, 2009

Baseball's "Steroid Era", does anyone really give a shit?!

It has recently come up, according to the New York Times, that Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and former Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez tested positive for performance enhancing drugs back in 2003. There is, supposedly, a list of 104 names of baseball players that failed the drug tests back in 2003. Other names linked to this list, but unconfirmed, are Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. Now, I'm not condoning the use of performance enhancing drugs, I think it is cheating for an edge, and am glad that Major League Baseball is working toward cleaning it up. However, I also don't think that this should be a major story. At the time of this test, in 2003, performance enhancing drugs were not against any baseball rules. There was no restrictions when it came to supplements or even sticking a needle in your butt. Again, I am against the use of steroids or HGH, but there was nothing in place that stated players couldn't take these products. Therefore, why is this a big deal? It was clearly running rampant across the league. Other players, such as Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa have been suspected of using steroids as well. Thanks to these players, baseball fans came back tenfold after the strike shortened season in the 1990's. Baseball failed to put an end to all these suspicions sooner, so in my opinion, Bud Selig should be to blame. I don't blame the players, they were simply looking for an edge, whether it was to get their next big contract, or to bulk up in order to hit more homeruns.

Long story short, I think it is time to move on. Get the list out, tell us the names, and let's get on with our lives. These players did nothing legally wrong. None of them will be suspended for their actions. Stats aren't going to be taken away, neither are wins or even championships. This was the norm during the time period, I don't think it is right, but it is what it is, I'm just saying.