With the steroid issue again becoming the No. 1 topic in the news, a very relevant question for the here and now is this: do World Series titles during the steroid era receive an asterisk?
Being a fan of the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots, I am left to ponder this issue. When the SpyGate issue surfaced, the rest of the country insisted that New England and Bill Belichick's titles deserved an asterisk.
New England fans defended the Patriots' actions, stating that the whole league was stealing signals in some form.
So applying that same logic, in spite of every Major League Baseball team presumably including steroid users, you'd have to place an asterisk next to the 2004 and 2007 World Series titles of the Boston Red Sox.
This means that the only way the Red Sox were able to defeat the immortal Babe Ruth - similar to Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, and Sammy Sosa who knocked Babe from 2nd to 8th place on the single season home run list - was to cheat. The history books will appear as follows:
Boston Red Sox: 2004 World Series Champions*
Boston Red Sox: 2007 World Series Champions*
Barry Bonds: Most Home Runs Hit, Single Season*
A sad, but true reality of the steroid era. All World Series titles from this time period must be appended with an asterisk.