The release of the Mitchell report yesterday revealing the wide spread use of steroids and human growth hormone in Major League Baseball was shocking to say the least.
Already there are those trying to downplay it, and after listening to baseball Commissioner Bud Selig it’s obvious not much will be done about it, but that doesn’t lesson the exposed stupidity and greed by those involved.
Ideally, Major League Baseball should have had a new drug policy in place yesterday.
Going forward they should give the impression they’re going to get serious about this problem and get it under control. From this day forward, a life time ban from baseball would be a fitting penalty for pumping junk, but it will never come to that.
The players union will continue to deny everything and fight more intensive testing while the league will hope this exposure will embarrass the players into going clean on their own and the problem will just go away.
On the surface its easy to blame Major League Baseball’s ongoing indifference for this problem, but it goes beyond that for me. Yes, the league should have cracked down long ago, but to me it all comes back to the stupid bloody players.
Take Roger Clemens for instance. When he allegedly started taking steroids in 1997, he had already made more money that he’d need in five or six lifetimes, but that wasn’t enough.
Roger wanted to uphold his reputation as the “big man” and go on to make tens of millions of dollars more. In process, he was sacrificing his health and his future with little or no regard for his family.
Think about it. Not one baseball player who ever took steroids knew for sure that they weren’t harmless; in fact it was the other way. They knew of the risks involved but chose to do it anyway, because they’re greedy and stupid.
Some might argue that they were forced into because of the competitive edge, but I don’t buy that either. The majority of players in the Major League Baseball “don’t” take steroids and that’s because somewhere along the line they made the decision not to.
They were still makings tons of money and they decided they’d put their health and their future ahead of the all-mighty dollar. They might have a few less million in the bank and maybe their careers ended long before the juiced up cheaters, but today they have nothing to be ashamed of.
Meanwhile the greed and stupidity of someone like Roger Clemens leaves you shaking your head.
This was the family guy, the clean guy, the all-American hero who was often seen at the Skydome with his children.
I wonder what his family thinks today. The shame of it all and the worry involved. His wife and kids will now have to worry about his long term health and life expectancy.
Why wouldn’t they? Steroid use never leads to anything good except a few more dollars.
Of course Clemens has alreaedy come out publicly and denied everything, but that just makes it more pathetic. On top of the greed and the stupidity, now the winner of seven Cy Young Awards is a liar.
I don’t mean to pick on Roger Clemens specifically because everything I’ve said in this column applies to all players who’ve ever used performance enhancing drugs.
Clemens just makes a good poster boy for the issue because his well constructed image would have made such allegations against him unbelievable without proof.
Well now there’s proof and the man is an idiot. Like Barry Bonds is an idiot, Andy Pettite’s an idiot and Canadian Eric Gagne is an idiot.
You can blame Major League Baseball for being slow to react, you can blame the pressure of professional sport or you can blame the little old lady who lives down the lane – but at the end of the day – it’s the athlete himself who decides to let that needle enter his body.
Greedy. Selfish. Stupid.