MLB Steroid Controversy: 103 Damnations
One big name leaked into our laps so may we please have the remaining 103?
On Monday afternoon, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) for three seasons during his illustrious baseball career.
This is about as big of news as there has been since steroids, HGH, and PEDs entered the diamond of the public eye. Baseball fans across the nation have been waiting for a confession like this, and the renaissance of cleaner games on the sandlot is eagerly anticipated by all.
But rest assured, there are many more dark days to come before the Steroid Era is gone.
This is a period in baseball that will never be forgotten. It will be talked about by our children, our children's children, and their children's children. The game will eventually rid itself of this disease with its deep and rich history—it looks like now could be the beginning of the cleansing process.
But more players must follow the lead Alex Rodriguez provided.
Rodriguez has been a Mariner, a Ranger, and a Yankee, but on Monday he was a sacrificial lamb. He tossed aside his pride and said, "I am pretty tired of being stupid and selfish and the truth needed to be told a long time ago, and I'm glad it's coming out today. I was young, I was stupid, I was naive. I am very sorry and deeply regretful."
Rodriguez seemed to be sincerely remorseful for taking illegal PEDs from 2001 to 2003 while playing for Texas.
As he gave his testimony to Peter Gammons sitting in a chair with a blue sweater and white collar, he appeared to be relieved, scared, contemplative, and emotional all at the same time. He even began to choke-up when speaking about his fans "that will never look at (him) the same."
Perhaps his white collar in the interview had an unknowing symbolic significance. Maybe it proves that even celebrities are normal people, just like the white collar worker who is prone to human error.
Rodriguez coming clean in front of the nation is commendable, but he should have done it sooner. When Jason Giambi and Andy Pettitte admitted their transgressions a new found respect from fans, coaches, players, and the media surfaced.
Over time, this will most likely happen with Rodriguez as well. But now while the iron is hot, the other 103 players should raise their hands and also confess to what they did.
In 2003, Major League Baseball gave an unannounced drug test to a group of active players to see if mandatory, random testings were needed in the sport. After results were gathered and it was determined baseball had a steroid problem, MLB was going to destroy the 104 positive samples, but the federal government issued a subpoena and the list was taken by investigators.
This testing was a secret screening where the results were supposed to be kept confidential and no punishments for positive results were to be handed out. The players' samples were even locked away in one location while the list was stored in another.
One can't help but image what sort of encasement the list and samples were kept in and what kind of credentials a person needed to access them? Did the key holder have to go through a series of fingerprint and retina scans to get to the list?
It kind of sounds like Area 51 with the extra terrestrials and the government hiding everything.
The same place one might find the remaining 103 culprits who cheated the game, the fans and their teams.
Why is it fair for one player to be thrown to the wolves but not the others? Why was it that only Rodriguez's name was divulged from this confidential investigation? Is it so terrible to ask for others to come forward?
Honesty has always been and will always be the best policy.
Houston Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada is expected to appear in court on Wednesday for lying to Congressional investigators when he told them he had not taken PEDs during his baseball career. He is expected to enter a guilty plea.
It looks as if Tejada is one of the lingering 103. Perhaps baseball fans will be able to cross a second name off the infamous list.
Beyond the shadows where the cowardly will remain silent is a tiny golf clap of applause for what Alex Rodriguez accomplished on Monday. The praise can be heard over the continuous song of sarcastic pity played by the critics who hold the world's smallest violin.
"Regardless of what we want to mask and say and justify there is absolutely no excuse for what I did," stated Rodriguez. "If I was a fan, I would be very pissed off."
We are very pissed off. But we are also human and have the ability to forgive, but that begins with more players admitting guilt.
Rodriguez got the monkey off his back, now we need to get the elephant out of the room.
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