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Baseball’s Dirty Mistress


Steroids, the all too familiar word baseball fans have come terribly familiar with this past decade.

This week another player, excuse me super-star, coming clean for using performance-enhancing drugs.

Mark McGwire took steroids to able his aging body to stay on pace with the length of the baseball season. McGwire seems to think his home-runs performance was organic and unrelated to the reason he could play each and every day.

Anyone with a brain knows that makes no sense.

After re-hearing McGwire’s confession, his sincerity and honest discomfort makes it clear. It makes him weak and individual’s make mistakes.

This whole admission from players pre-2004 is getting on everyone’s nerves.

The guilty party in this whole ‘era’ is trying to protect their own ass, instead of taking the blame for their omission. This is baseball, the corporation legitimately who is to blame.

Bud Selig should be giving an interview about why no written protocol or concession on the subject was given before 2004.

Why is there a list of names from a survey conducted in 2003 claiming to be anonymous?

A United States Court sealed document is supposedly deemed confidential by the highest form of government. How the baseball list is, exposed like a slow drip makes it much more than a steroid concern. This certainly does not say much for sealing a document in our court system.

As a fan, I do not want to hear from anymore players. I want to hear from Bud Selig, if from anyone at all.

I need a reason to stop thinking baseball let PED‘s dangle in front of players. The profit gains seemed more beneficial for selfish reasons than the game itself. More athletic accomplishments would make any sport more popular, resulting in more money coming in the door.

Sadly, MLB‘s biggest accomplishment this past decade is that they cheated us, the fans. The fans, who are the only person still pure left in sports.

I am a fan and I want to go on now.

See….Baseball belongs to me too and I want to love it unconditionally.

Baseball needs to start following the rules of a rule, let the past stay history and work towards a cleaner future.

27 Comments

  1. YankeesCheat says:

    The entire Yankee team has been cheating for years so stop being a hypocrite.

    I remember a few years ago Jeter was sooo hurt and might have to miss half a season. Then all of a sudden he was fine.
    Gee hgh much.

    Your whole team is why baseball sucks these days

    • Ana says:

      To be honest, I don't know about the entire Yankees team cheating. For instance, not once have I ever heard speculation about Tino Martinez or Derek Jeter or Reggie Jackson using HGH or whatever.

      • It is just pure stupidity putting Jeter and PED's in same sentence.

        This is not about hating the Yankees, this is about baseball the sport. I hope that YankeeCheat can turn his jealousy into positive spirit for whatever lucky team he is a fan too.

        There has been speculation for many players, because not every player used them. To accuse Jeter is a big statement to make.

        • toddmatherly says:

          I would have said the same thing about A Rod before this last baseball season though. I internally praised him because I hated Barry Bonds and couldn't wait for A Rod to surpass him in the all time HR list. Now, I'm hoping Pujols is clean and stays that way.

          And again, who would have thought Andy Petitte? I appreciate the effort and talent of Jeter just like the next yankee despiser, but I can't say I trust a single baseball player these days…

          • Kate says:

            I am trying to keep the faith but I do not think Arod could have gotten away with it the last few years.

            And Pettitte was on the DL and was not playing anytime soon. I am actually having arm surgery on my elbow in two weeks (for a torn tendon -tennis) and the shoots I have gotten help the pain but not the overall healing.

            Pettitte I don't count but Arod had a monster season and will have another one. He is a natural baseball player and so is Pujois. Fans have gotta believe even if it is for a few. It's not just baseball it is the world.

  2. Wow…your statement is so ignorant and those are some heavy allegations you are making.

    I really hope you keep your opinions to yourself in the future because jealousy is not a redeeming quality.

  3. MarcyS says:

    I second that emotion! Put Selig in front of the cameras!

    • Glad you agree marcy…..it is unbelievable as Selig points away with the Mitchell Report and the 'list'. This is his responsibility and it would be nice to know why!!

  4. MarkLax says:

    @YankeesCheat – sounds like sour grapes.Congrats to the World Champion Yankees!

    PED is a serious problem for professional athletes and our youth. I would imagine there is roughly an equal distribution of athletes on each MLB team that are using it. We only hear about it when a star is busted or a tragedy (like a death) takes place. There are many major-leaguers- who-really-belong-in-the-minors taking it. They need this illegal advantage in order to be able to get to that level.

    Among the many problems is our youth are taking it. They take it for sports or to simply look bigger, stronger, and better (in their opinions).

    It would be great to get Selig in front of the cameras but the MLB Players Unions is very strong and we also need their commitment.

    • I could not agree more…and it is the youth that are getting the wrong message.

      When Manny got in trouble last season he became more popular than ever when he returned. In Manny fashion, there was no apology, no remorse and that it what the message says to kids. If you want to be rich, popular and a star take steroids or PED's because all the best players did.

      The message should be from this day forward any active MLB player who takes what is considered a PED is out of the game for good. I knwo it will never happen because the sport can't afford to lose stars like Manny. It's sad but the NFL is not as slack with the rules and the NBA has had its own problems too. Selig needs to explain the reasoning behind baseball being so outdated regarding this topic and I would like to know where, who and why this 'list' is still in existence.

  5. banka kredileri says:

    Then all of a sudden he was fine.
    Gee hgh much.

    • I would be careful who you point fingers at and use your obvious anger towards something positive. AKA. like cheering on your own team and let the Yankees fans worry about their own.

  6. Derek says:

    Wish they'd just dig them all out. I don't want to see someone else go through having to watch their favorite player admit he's a cheater.

  7. Jim Hagen says:

    The fans have no one to blame but themselves. They are the ones who have stood by the sport while the price of a beer and hot dog has gone into double digits, games (and seasons) get longer every year so that more advertising revenue can be produced, every so often a season is interrupted by a strike and no one seems to mind.

    It's all about money and as long as we keep demanding more and show a willingness to fork out more money, the cheating and abuse will continue.

    • toddmatherly says:

      Sorry Jim but this is a stupid argument. The baseball season has been 162 games in both leagues since 1962, almost 50 years now. Concession prices have gone up in all major sports leagues. Baseball isn't higher than everyone else. And in actuality, baseball does the most to provide families with a reasonable group packages for meals and tickets. Taking your family to a MLB game is a steal compared to the NBA and NFL.

      The only team that really makes money from merchandise is the Yankees. All teams make money from advertising spots sold through out the stadium, but obviously this has nothing to do with season's length.

      Lastly, PED's has nothing to do with the length of the season or money that franchises make. Player's use them because they want to 1) avoid nagging injury, 2) prolong their career, 3) have a competitive advantage, and 4) to make more money for themselves.

      If cheating was a result of money then everyone in the NFL would be on PED's, since its the most successful professional sports league in the country. Alas, it is not.

  8. The whole situation is sad for everyone involved.

    I just wish that Selig & Co. would admit the problem, let the past not dictate and from this point forward you take PED's you are out of baseball.

    Nothing more simple than that implementing a one time policy makes the risk not worth the consequence.

    Todd, you are totally right on point. The amount of games played has nothing to do with this mess. I do think that PED use was ignored, as it would seem that baseball just turned their cheek on the whole thing. It was out of control for to long.

  9. slamdunk says:

    Well written. As a guy who grew up loving baseball and the stats of the game, this entire decade has been a wash.

    Perhaps someday the sport will again regain a special place with me, but not now.

    • Thank you but we the fans cannot give up on baseball. There are still great players who have done it the right way. And even the ones that used before 2004 have cleaned-up and are still good.

      I know what you mean about baseball's character taking a hit, but Selig is letting the media run with it. If one more name comes off that "list", someone should be be in some serious legal trouble.

      It is mind boggling that a Government Court Sealed List is so easily accessible…..when did MLB become above the law>

  10. Then all of a sudden he was fine.
    Gee hgh much.I would be careful who you point fingers at and use your obvious anger towards something positive. AKA. like cheering on your own team and let the Yankees fans worry about their own.

  11. Jeremy says:

    I was reading something like this last week on wni

    • This is a hot topic and for good reason. The players who are coming forward are some of the biggest players EVER to play baseball. Let's just all move forward to a better days.

  12. Agreed!!

    When all this PED stuff starting dominating headlines, my dad said it should be from this day onward….one time policy of you get caught, bye bye baseball.

    Intially I disagreed but quickly changed my mind. Focusing on the past when it was not a defined rule with repercussions, should be left alone. Baseball just turned it's cheek for years and years. These players are people too and it all is just so dirty.

  13. Comedy Mike says:

    sad for all of sports

    • Kate says:

      It is sad because it makes it un-pure and that seems to be common theme across the board for everything these days. That is why the fans need to stay positive and keep believing because that is still pure!!

  14. Kate says:

    I agree. Sadly, baseball let it become to uncontraolable and considering the significant status of the players involved thus far means it was more wide-spread than we want to admit. Making it a career ending offense is necessary, but the money aspect is to vital to chance what is at stake. Thanks for ur comment!!