Let me tell you that I don't agree with the use of drugs for any reason except for those related to medical conditions, but in sports the issue has been taken out of context in trying to control it.
The most recent victim to this persecution is baseball's Sammy Sosa, who is being accused of talking steroids in 2003. I am not saying it was right for him to use anabolic steroids as a role model for our kids but let's examine the reason for players that might be using them.
The fans, the owners, the coaches, and even teammates place extreme pressure on these elite figures to go out every day and perform at their best, whether injured or otherwise. Let me tell you that it is not easy to play 162 games, day in and day out, without an injury happening. Some of these athletes take drugs for the purpose of being able to play through injuries, and not going on the disable list for four to five weeks and letting down everyone in the ladder.
Drugs might be able to enhance you reaction time, reduce pain, give you an edge, but they do not make baseballs look as big as basketballs and give you the ability to hit them out of the park. I don't know how many people would be willing to step in front of a 99 mile per hour fastball and try to hit it.
Let's remember that if it was not for Sosa and McGwire giving baseball a new life with their chase of the home run title after the dreaded strike that drove attendance down, MLB now would not be doing as well as it is.
I remind my fellow members of press that we just sit in the press box and report on what this guys do. We don't actually go out there and risk our bodies to make a living. It's not right to tell these guys that because of one mistake they might have committed they did not play at their best for over 15 years of their lives.
There is not an athlete out there that on any given day can say, "Today I will run under world record times, I will hit 4 home runs, I will swim without getting tired." These guys deserve the recognition of going to the Hall based on their numbers and leadership.
If we are going to decide based on their actions then lets start taking people out of the Hall. The Babe wasn't a role model either; half the time he was drunk and wasn't the most pleasant person to be around.
Again I don't agree with the use of any type of drug but maybe we should put the blame on the owners and management of the league for not making a more balanced schedule so that the players can have enough time to recover from injuries.