The Steroid Era: Time to Accept It

Scott BarbineCorrespondent IFebruary 10, 2009

Next on the list, Alex Rodriguez. The list of players who have been caught using steroids is ever growing, and who knows when it will end?

The news on A-Rod got me to thinking.

Why should any of us care anymore?

The past decade of baseball will always be tainted. No one will ever be sure as to who was clean or who was juicing up. A-Rod was one of the few people I believed was clean, and I was wrong.

So I've decided to accept the Steroid Era for what it is. It's an era of men who felt the need to cheat in order to excel.

Another way of looking at it is this: it was juiced-up hitters facing juiced-up pitchers.  Does that even the playing field? Not necessarily, but it's the closest I can get to justifying it.

I've accepted the Steroid Era because no matter what, it will always be a part of baseball history. Do we not elect anyone from this era to the Hall of Fame? A-Rod is a Hall of Famer, Barry Bonds is a Hall of Famer, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Raphael Palmeiro should be too.

I'm sure I'll get many disagreements with this article, and I understand why. Part of me disagrees with myself on this issue. The integrity of the game we all love is tarnished.  However, it's too late.  Major League Baseball is doing its best to rid itself of such disgrace.

I'll no longer be surprised by anyone being called out for steroids or HGH. If it happens, it happens. And that's what we all have to accept.

I'm not saying embrace the Steroid Era, but just accept it. It's not going to go away. It will be in baseball history forever. It will be a blip in baseball past that no one is proud of.

So, baseball fans, let's move on.  Steroids or not.  Baseball is still the game we love.  The game itself hasn't been performance enhanced. Just the players who feel the need to cheat. So accept what they did, and move on.