Steroids and Baseball: Some Final Thoughts

Todd ParmeleeSenior Analyst IFebruary 21, 2008

The ‘Governator’ - Yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger admitted to using steroids during the 1970's, while they were still legal.

Prior to roles as The ‘Governator’ (let’s face it this has been his best acting job to date) and ‘Terminator,’ Arnold was a seven-time Mr. Olympia.

He parlayed his bodybuilding career into an acting career.

Then used his fame to become the Governor of California. Would Arnold have become governor if it was not for his steroid use? No! He would have never have won the seven Mr. Olympias, nor blessed us with roles in movies such as Twins. Should this be grounds of putting an asterisk in the history books or should he just be impeached? The answer to the previous questions is no and no.

Rocky Balboa - Sylvester Stallone is 61years-old and he is in incredible shape. In May of 2007 he pled guilty to importing Human-Growth Hormone (HGH) into Australia. After watching Rocky Balboa and now knowing he had used HGH, I still can not believe he lost to Antonio Tarver at the end. Stallone was in much better shape.

Fans of his recent movies, should be able to ask for their money back.

Why aren’t Schwarzenegger and Stallone answering questions before Congress?

Brian McNamee- Where does Roger Clemens find his friends? Friends should be loyal and trustworthy. Why did McNamee inject Clemens with HGH then hold on to the syringes for seven years? Was he trying to do blackmail him? In 2001, when he supposedly injected Clemens, I was unaware that HGH and steroids were an issue in baseball. What I really want to know is what else did McNamee have in his closet? Does he know who really shot Kennedy?

I think everyone believes Roger Clemens lied, especially after he was implicated by his friend Andy Pettitte. Everyone, though, should also come to a consensus that McNamee is at least psychotic.   

The Mitchell Report - The Mitchell Report was a failure. It only implicated a select few. What about ‘Slammin’ Sammy Sosa or even Jeff Bagwell? Chuck Knoblauch, are you f-ing kidding me? Even with steroids he could barely hit one over the fence.

Government and Asterisks - Baseball was at its low-point when the strike occurred in 1994. Arguably, thanks to steroids and HGH , the fans came back. In 1998 there was no better story in baseball than McGwire and Sosa smashing Maris’ home run record. Bonds then became the undisputed single-season home run king in 2001. It is a shame that our own government cares so much about HGH, Roger Clemens, Brian McnaMee and baseball. There are bigger things to worry about like stimulating the economy and getting our troops home safely from Iraq. I do not think their should be asterisks next to the records, it was just a part of an era.

Steroid Testing - Baseball has responded to the steroid allegations and beefed-up the sanctions. This should have been the end of the debate. Catching Guillermo Moto, Juan Rincon and Jay Gibbons, helps but where are all the big names? Rafeal Palmerio is the only one that comes to mind.

G-Unit - One final note—I would love to see 50 Cent called before Congress to answer allegations that he used HGH. I do not think, 50 Cent would be intimidated, but our Congressmen certainly would.