As many of us have heard by now, Los Angeles Dodgers star, Manny Ramirez has been suspended 50 games for using performance enhancing drugs.
No one knows exactly what performance enhancing drugs, he had been taking. I don't want the title of this article to make people think that I believe Manny is taking steroids, this article goes for many athletes, not just Manny and Alex Rodriguez, for their use of performance enhancing drugs.
Right now, us fans, know close to nothing about this whole situation. What we do know, is that the past baseball era, has been called the "Steroid Era" because of many players that used steroids over the span of their career. Some had hall of fame careers, and some not, but they all broke the rules.
"Performance-enhancing drugs are substances used by athletes to improve their performances in the sports in which they engage." That is how Wikipedia defines what performing enhancing drugs.
Their are countless athletes in the world that use PED's (Performance enhancing drugs).
They all have their own different stories of why they took PED's. But, the simple answer is that they wanted to be better. They just weren't satisfied with themselves and they would do anything to fix that problem.
Another common answer is that they wanted the spotlight.
They wanted to go up and beyond, these athletes weren't satisfied with 40 home runs without steroids, they wanted 70 with PED's.
Who could blame them? Being the best was, the best.
I could use this whole article listing every single person who took PED's, but I won't, for two reasons.
1. It's not about that, it's about the effect it has on the world.
2. It most likely would not fit.
Athletes are referred to as "role models" a whole lot.
For instance, Yankees third base, all-star, Alex Rodriguez was many young kids "role models." Even some older people. The only reason people didn't like him was because he was too good.
Anyway, A-Rod was, for some kids, not only their role model on the baseball field, but in life. That's what hurts, these kids must have been heartbroken.
I'm a kid myself, I've been 14 years old for about two weeks now. If I found out that, my favorite player, David Wright, has been using any types of PED's, I would be heartbroken.
A lot of times athletes get caught up in the bright lights of stardom and seem to forget that they mean so much to many kids, and that they play a big part in their lives.
It's sad, because they realize that when the judge slams the hammer. I'm not saying all athletes have this happen to them, but many do, and that's the sad part about this whole "Steroid Era."
When you hear names like Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro, the first thing that comes to your mind is steroids.
Not their amazing stats, you think of steroids. All those players along with many more, screwed up real bad, they had it going for them.
All of those guys had great talent.
I bet that without steroids they could have made a big impact, maybe not as big an impact that they made with their stats, but that's not the impact people remember.
We fans remember the negative impact they made—if they didn't use steroids or any other PED's they would've been known for their positive impact. The positive impact of obeying the rules, and still putting up good numbers.
Everybody gets caught up in stats, stats, stats, and more stats.
Even though they are important, and fun to pay attention to, there is nothing more important than who they are and how they play the game.
Are they good people who obey the rules or bad people who disobey the rules. Sometimes, their are even good people who disobey the rules and vice-versa.
This article has mainly been focused on baseball, but in all sports their have been uses of PED's and these stories.
It is going on worldwide, and even though it is coming to an end, us fans still have to endure the last "hurrah!" of the era.
The doors are shutting, but not quietly, just wait til' the big "boom!" and let's hope that it will all be over.
Is this the boom we've been waiting for? Let's hope so.