Look, I’ve been over all the arguments. I think I know them all. Steroids weren’t illegal ten years ago. Everyone was doing them, and the game, if not outright encouraging their use, at least turned an incredibly blind eye to their use. Nobody died, but some records were broken. New drug policies are now in effect and steroids should pretty much be a thing of the past (maybe).
All true, but there are some things about the steroids era that still rankle me as a parent. One, if it was so much a culture of the game and so accepted, then why have all of the players either lied outright about using them, flatly denied using them when they were caught by tests, or pretend they don’t nothin’ about nothin’? My little boy puts posters of his favorite players up on the wall; how many of them have lied to us about their drug use? How many of them cheated? Joe deserves to know who the clean players were, so he can make his choices of who to worship.
Two, why hasn’t a single player (as far as I know; correct me if I’m wrong) come out BEFORE they were named and said, “Sure I did them. AND THEY’RE REALLY BAD FOR YOU, AND NO KIDS SHOULD EVER CONSIDER TAKING DRUGS TO PLAY GAMES BETTER.” Why hasn’t there been a player who got out front on this issue?
And Three, are our baseball heroes healthy? From what I gather, people like A-Rod and Ortiz and Roger Clemens took “supplements” from shady characters, and God knows what kind of nasty crap they ingested. Manny Ramirez was suspended last year not for steroids, but for possessing a substance that tries to get your testosterone levels back into balance when they’re haywire. Has anybody stopped to ask about the health of these young men? And as a parent and fan, am I just a little bit complicit by encouraging this drug use five years ago when everyone was bombing homers and getting grotesquely large? No thanks, don’t wreck your health for my sake, or the sake of my kid. I don’t need baseball that badly.