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Baseball Steroid Era

Posted Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at 8:04 PM

Driving home today I was listening to sports talk radio and they were talking about steroids and the suspects that were still playing in the major leagues. While I am tired of hearing about steroids and baseball, I just wanted to weigh in my opinion on this subject.

Baseball is entertainment!!! There is nothing ever life changing that has happened in the game of baseball. We should not look at these players as heroes. They are just humans that have been blessed with the talents to play a kids game. With that being said, the 1998 baseball season was one of the most entertaining seasons that I have ever witnessed in my lifetime. The home run race between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa was what kept baseball relevant and millions entertained. They both have either admitted (McGwire) or long been suspected (Sosa) of steroid use.

My feelings on this issue is that if someone offered you a pill that would make you the best and highest paid person at your job, would you do it? I think most of us would. Do not get me wrong I do not support the use of illegal drugs in any faction of our lives. What these men (and they are just mortal men) did was very wrong, but enough is enough let the issue go.

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The idea that McGwire may never make the hall over this sickens me. The fact is, those two men saved baseball and brought it back following the strike that angered so many fans. I do agree that it's time to let it lie. As a longtime McGwire fan I know my opinion isn't worth much here, but I had to throw it in.

Given the opportunity would I do the same thing? I can't say either way with any authority. I've never been a struggling ball player on a multi-million dollar contract looking for a way to be able to perform to the capabilities I was signed for. While I don't agree with the drug use for any athlete, the pressure a few million dollars and a couple million fans hopes and admiration could put on a man is pressure I never want to experience. Truth be told, I expect I would have done what it takes to do my best. It doesn't make it right, but I can see how judgment could become very clouded in that situation.

Nice blog, Jody. Glad to have you on here!

-- Posted by CoreyN on Tue, Apr 5, 2011, at 10:41 PM

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