Confession: I Still Love Baseball, I Will Still Use My 2009 Tickets

BHLCorrespondent IFebruary 12, 2009

As I am a fan of the game of baseball, and enjoy watching talented individuals perform at their peak, I don’t have a major problem with the steroid scandal. I am a paying  ticket holder of the Boston Red Sox and have been for the last 15 years. 

During those 15 years, it is safe to say that I have witnessed enhanced performance, with the use of steroid and Human Growth Hormone (HGH) cocktails. I am ok with that.

In fact, in terms of entertainment received per dollar spent, I’ve actually gotten more entertainment for my hard earned money than I could have asked for. So to say that steroid use has hurt the game of baseball, I really do not agree.

I understand that promoting steroid use as a means to an end is a problem for the betterment of society. That part is certainly a serious enough issue which mandates that this problem be corrected. 

Where I am left confused is when fans are disgusted, surprised, and state that they will no longer watch baseball because of the steroid scandal.  Do these same fans also watch football? Do they fool themselves into believing that steroids and HGH are not present in the National Football League (NFL)?

I still wear a t-shirt with "CLEMENS" printed across its back to the gym, as I am comfortable with my moral compass. I have never attended a sporting event and sought to enhance my moral compass. I don't think the two should be intertwined. This is most certainly why I am so perplexed at the reaction of many fans to the steroid issue.

It is also ironic that outrage has resulted from steroid use in baseball, at a time when a sport such as Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is at its height in terms of popularity. The very same fans who pay money to watch MMA athletes physically harm their bodies and minds, for the sake of fame and fortune, are appalled that baseball players would physically harm their bodies and minds.

Seems conflicting, doesn’t it?

People who are stunned and appalled at the steroid issue need to reconsider what drew them to the sport. If you are looking to enhance your moral compass, attend church or some other moral compass enhancing activity. If you are looking to be entertained, continue watching baseball.

Lastly, ignoring the glaring steroid issue while it happened—which all fans did—and then suddenly doing an about face and rejecting the game when the steroid issue is being addressed, is unproductive. What exactly is turning your back now going to prove?