Why I Don't Care About Manny Ramirez and Steroids

Harris DeckerSenior Analyst IMay 7, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 19:  Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers at bat against the New York Mets at Citi Field on April 19, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

For weeks now I have enjoyed baseball, not caring about what takes place behind the scenes; I have just enjoyed watching a great game. Baseball will continue to be a great game long after Manny Ramirez, Barry Bonds, and Roger Clemens have moved on to other areas of interest and most fans are done caring. 

As I have written before, this stems from a new group of superstars that are making the game fun to watch again. Manny just helps confirm that there were many people using steroids at the same time as A-Rod and Barry Bonds. For now, let's just put it behind us. For me, players like Evan Longoria, Ryan Braun, Joey Votto, Tim Lincecum, and many others help us move into the future. 

The only thing I am worried about is the big picture of baseball during the so called "steroid era." Players such as Ken Griffey, Jr., Derek Jeter, Greg Maddux and Pedro Martinez have their reputations being trampled on because a few superstars chose to enhance themselves physically. Do we really believe that if Alex Rodriguez had not done PEDs that he would not be in the Hall of Fame? Of course he would be, he was a great player well before he started injecting. 

The game of baseball is in a resurgence and nothing these older players can do will tarnish America's Pastime. I look at the Tampa Bay Rays as a great example of what baseball is moving into the future and New York Yankees as what is now the past. I am sorry that Derek Jeter and Ken Griffey, Jr. are roped in with these names but that's just the way it is.