If Alex Rodriguez Did It, Then Who Else?

Cameron FletcherContributor IFebruary 7, 2009

A little over two years ago, I wrote a newsletter (see November 2006 issue) about the inability to know how far back the whole steroids in baseball controversy went.

Now flash forward to present day and we find out that Alex Rodriguez has taken steroids.

So much for somebody "clean" breaking the home run record of Barry Bonds.

Hearing this doesn't necessarily make my earlier composition correct, but it raises the likelihood that it is. Allow me to quote a few excerpts from the original piece:


"Steroids and sports have been in each other's sheets long before Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire ever swung a bat.

Recently there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the use of steroids in baseball. In early 2005, congress decided to hold a hearing on the issue. 

Players past and present submitted their testimony in what seemed more like the Salem witch trial than a discussion about steroids. Mark McGwire damaged his once sure chance of getting into the Hall of Fame by saying that he wasn't at the hearing to talk about the past.   

Rafael Palmeiro adamantly denied using steroids and ripped into former teammate Jose Canseco and his book titled "Juiced."

It was a bit ironic a few months later when Palmeiro tested positive for steroids.

Now lately a lot of the focus has been on Barry Bonds as he nears Hank Aaron's all-time home run record of 755.  There have been threats of incarceration and he's even had syringes thrown his way. 

People have been arguing that any records that are broken during the so called steroid era of baseball should have a huge asterisk next to them. Why?

If it's true that anabolic steroids have been in weightlifting since the early 1950's then doesn't it stand to reason that anabolic steroids were around in baseball during that time?  How will we ever know if Roger Maris was on the juice?  Can we say for sure that Hank Aaron wasn't 'roided up? We can't say for sure. 

I'm not at all saying that Mr. Maris or Mr. Aaron were steroid abusers. I'm saying that there's the possibility. 

Steroids are not a new issue. They have been around long before McGwire, Palmeiro and Canseco were in diapers."


The slippery slope just got a little more slippery. I really don't care to know how far this rabbit hole goes. Can we just play ball?