This is the first year that I have not had legitimate concerns that an MLB all star is doping going into a new season and I have been a hardcore baseball fan since 1996.
It looks like Barry Bonds will be in jail sooner or later, rather than patrolling left field for any Major League Baseball teams and Roger Clemens will never step foot on a mound again.
Do I think these men broke any rules?
Simply put, no, they did not. When they used steroids, there was no ban in place because baseball, without admitting as much, wanted to have their players juicing so they could hit the ball 500 plus feet.
They had an unfair advantage over the other major leaguers who did not use performance enhancing drugs and that, in my opinion, really elevates the stats of guys like Alex Rodriguez.
It is just a nice feeling to head into an MLB season without that large cloud overhead, distracting sports fans from what really matters—the baseball that is played on the fields, not in the courts or elsewhere.
I don't want a reason to believe that my boys of summer are gaining an unfair advantage over fellow players.
There will still be suspicions as long as there is media, which, from what I hear will be a long time.
Jose Canseco is making millions off the topic by writing books and pointing fingers at fellow players. To be honest, I doubt Jose wrote a thing, as he is not the sharpest tool in the shed.
There will always be the Greg Zauns of the world who are relative no-namers but will use steroids to try and improve his positioning on the totem pole, but he will never see all star consideration...
I can live with these types of guys using because there are some in every sport, but the big names, the heroes, the guys kids look up to—they should not be involved in these conversations.
And for once, it's nice and quiet!
All I hear is that man dressed in blue yelling "Play ball!" to start another exciting season of Major League Baseball.