Steroid Era Of Baseball: It's Not Cheating

DJContributor IJuly 31, 2009

Enough is enough. I have an unpopular stance regarding performance enhancing drugs and baseball. I get tired when I hear constantly from fans around the league crying and whining about how A-Rod, Manny, Big Papi, etc. cheated the game.

I get tired when I hear constantly from "clean" players (you never know who is what) like Roy Oswalt, Lance Berkman etc. complaining how they didn't cheat and they feel betrayed. In other words, I am tired of hearing anything about PEDs in baseball.

There is a double or triple or quadruple standard hear. When the superstar of your hated rival flunks a test or his secrets became public, you and your buddies chant "Steroids, Cheater, etc." from the bleachers.

When the superstar of your favorite team, who has connections to PEDs, comes to the plate for the first time since the allegations proved true or hits a game-winning home run, you and your buddies in the bleachers go nuts and all is forgiven.

My point is does anyone care anymore? It sure seems like the fans aren't really insulted or outraged when they keep coming through the gates in record attendance. Baseball organizations don't mind marketing these players' returns from suspension. Look at how the Dodgers are marketing Manny Ramirez and "Mannywood."

This thing is a mess. Today is a great day to be a baseball fan because of the trade deadline. But instead of the trade deadline, there is way more talk and columns around David Ortiz's name being on the list. Is anyone really shocked anymore? Come on, it is time to move on. It seems like most of the great players, the ones who would be future Hall of Famers, from this era have connections to PEDs.

So why do all the Hall of Fame writers have such a problem with players who have connections to steroids if the rest of baseball doesn't? I mean isn't baseball about the fans? If the fans don't care that their superstars are juicing, why not recognize these guys in the Hall?

I mean Bud Selig didn't do anything to stop the Steroid Era. Donald Fehr, the head of the player's union, is as much to blame about this mess in baseball as anyone. But it isn't the first time that Selig and Fehr had their names connected to the Steroid Era.

I personally feel that this mess is on the sports writers more than people can even believe. The media is supposed to be the watchdog. When there was Andro in Big Mac's locker during 1998, why didn't any sports writer pick up the ball and run with it?

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Now, these same writers are trying to protect the sanctity of the game by keeping players with PEDs connections out of the Hall.

Give me a break people. It is time to move on. I don't know how, whether it's releasing the list or players just coming out and admitting to testing positive or juicing, but it is time to finally leave the Steroid Era behind.

No asterisks needed here. It was the time. It was the era.

My stance is: The players weren't cheating, they juiced to be on an even playing field. I am a fan. Sammy Sosa never cheated me, he never robbed an owner who gave him a big contract. Sosa and McGwire, through chemicals, brought attention to the sport in 1998. They're still bringing attention to the sport in 2009 through chemicals.