Will MLB's Steroid Era Ever Come to an End?

Samuel Bell JrSenior Analyst IJanuary 29, 2009

As I woke from my tiring rest this snowy Thursday morning, I turned on the television and tuned to ESPN, much like I do every morning.

While checking out today's storylines, I saw that Roger Federer continued to own Andy Roddick, Serena Williams continues to own, well anybody not named Williams, Duke decided they wanted to lose, giving up a freebie in the last seconds to Wake, and, what...

The Feds have urine samples linking Barry Bonds to steroid use.

Here we go, again.

I have evidence of freezing liquid being linked to snowfall. I also have evidence of Zander Freund being linked to Bleacher Report.

As Jerry Seinfeld once said, "Yada, Yada."

Honestly, what is ESPN's love affair with the steroid era of baseball, and why do we continue to denounce it, but at the same time keep producing stories about it?

Just the other day, that pinhead Kirk Radomski decided he would throw the likes of David Justice and Dwight Gooden under the "tell-all I need money so I'm willing to say anything this economy sucks" bus.

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Right in his footsteps was Joe Torre, a great manager who seemed to exude nothing but class in his MLB tenure. That was until now.

Our culture's fascination with these so-called "tell-all" books is sickening. Who really knows what the truth is, and honestly, why does anyone care?

A-Rod being called A-fraud? His "love affair" with Derek Jeter? Gooden having Radomski take his pee tests? Selling steroids to Justice while he was a Yankee?

I can ramble on.

I won't because I know you could find a million other constructive things to read, and I'm not here to regurgitate the books allegations.

The point is these allegactuals, as I call them, don't mean anything other than my word against yours. An allegactual is an allegation by someone who swears by it as fact. Nobody really knows, and if we're trying to move on, who cares?

A-Rod's character has always been in question and we know he likes Jeter a lot, who wouldn't? Gooden has done enough crap for sure that has smeared his legacy or whatever it was enough admittedly, and Justice is obscure as J.R. Rider.

Why give Radomski and Torre the attention and money they're looking for by buying into this mess?

In Torre's case, I'm completely lost because he stands to gain nothing in the long run for his confessions and revelations but money he doesn't need and more questions than answers.

I understand Radomski's idea because he was just a clubhouse attendant and can probably use the money, but he was a key in the Mitchell Report and isn't telling us anything that we didn't know.

Back to Juicin' Barry. Three things I'm sure of in life:

1. That I will die at some point still paying taxes.

2. That you will, too.

3. That Barry Bonds did steroids

I'm definitely not alone on those three things, and we all know it, so why does it matter that Bonds is linked to other steroids?

At this point, if Bonds isn't linked to nuclear weapons in Korea, murder or global warming, why is it being the lead story of any show?

We know he did steroids. I'll say it again: We know, Barry.

If we really are trying to move on from the steroid era and give praise to our new stars like Albert Pujols, Dustin Pedroia, and David Wright, then why are we making all things steroids leading stories at this point?

One day ESPN is talking about how a team may take a chance on Bonds, and how he still linked to steroids the next.

Bonds will never play professional baseball again, and he will always be the poster boy for the steroid era, period. Just as Mark McGwire will always be mentioned in the same sentence.

Even McGwire's own brother piled on more this week releasing a book about his own brother's steroid use, and claimed it was out of love.

I guess with that type of love, it isn't difficult to understand why McGwire has virtually disappeared since his playing days ended.

Unfortunately, what is going to have to happen for the death of the steroid era to be official is the settling of Bonds perjury case. Until that happens, any and everything linked to that era will make news.

The Radomski's and McGwire's (the brother) of the world will continue to gain interest from us suckers who seem to never quite put something to rest, although we complain about it immensely.

We don't make the media and it's initiatives, so a lot of blame has to be deflected to the ESPN's of the world who keep feeding into that crap and feeding it to us.

Hopefully, Bonds case will be settled succinctly and soon so we can move on and actually pay attention to what really matters in baseball, like the Yankee spending spree that won't produce a title.

But that's another article, for another day.

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