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HGH-does it matter?Posted Friday, September 7, 2007, at 8:56 PM
I know this isn't typically a sports blog, but occasionally sports crosses the line into politics and that's when I can talk about it. Unless I just decide I want to and then I'll just do it anyways.
This one is certainly worth talking about whether you enjoy sports or not though.
With the news today that Cardinal's recently recalled gem Rick Ankiel received shipments of HGH (Human Growth Hormone) during the 2004 season, we're once again listening to everyone freak out.
I want to start off by saying that as a Cardinal fan, I would probably defend any of these boys no matter what happened, but I feel a little different about this.
HGH was popular in many sports for several years before being banned by MLB in 2005. More often than not, the drug was used to help players come back from injuries as fast as possible. Steroids are used the same way, but are also used for building muscle mass.
Since HGH wasn't illegal at the time and because of the difference in it's use, I don't really care.
Ankiel is a great ballplayer and one of the best feel-good stories the sport has seen in a long time. There are no allegations that he used any other drugs or that he used HGH since it was banned so as far as I'm concerned, he didn't do anything worse than loading up on creatine or vitamin B-12.
What do you think? Should this tarnish what he's accomplished this season? Do you see this as any different than the allegations Bonds is facing?
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