The world of baseball has taken a major hit this decade with the revelations of players using performance-enhancing drugs. To the fan, every player is a suspect and their word cannot be trusted. Skepticism and paranoia have damaged the reputation of this beloved game.
As this saga continues, myself and many others believe that most fans don't even care that the best players today use performance enhancing drugs. Recently, Dodgers' outfielder, Manny Ramirez, tested positive for using a banned substance and is currently 4th place in the all-star ballot among NL outfielders. He is now serving a 50-game suspension. When Alex Rodriguez's usage was revealed, NYC was all over him and disgusted by his actions. But, when he returned to NY, there was a lot of fans with signs cheering for him. I think the question is have fans have forgiven him or do we even care at all.
Maybe voting for Ramirez was a sign of forgiveness. Possibly Yankee fans thought that Rodriguez made a mistake and still want to cheer for him. On the flip side, some people have a "what have you done for me lately?" attitude. Even though Manny used steroids, fans know that he got their team to the 2008 NLCS and can deliver a world championship this year. They might not care too much that he did it, they just want to know when Manny is coming back.
This is attitude is prevelant because the best players in the past 20+ years have used or was suspected of using steroids:
Jose Conseco, Mark Mcgwire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Rafael Palmeiro, Curt Schilling, Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramierez
By the time Manny was revealed, fans stopped caring. This is sad, but after years of Congressional hearings, BALCO, the Mitchell Report Investigations, etc. it starts to become overkill. Unfortunately, there are 103 more names (Rodriguez made 104) from an annoymous 2003 drug test. For the good of the game I think MLB should release the names of players and move on from this crisis. Since A-Rod's name was revealed it's only fair to release the others. Doing this could show that it's a new generation of players. Players that can restore the trust of the fans.