Tuesday, February 10, 2009

New Topic To Think About

          So, since it's been big in the news the past few days, the new topic is steroid use in professional sports. Most recently Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees has admitted to using steroids after si.com reported that he had tested positive in 2003. Also Miguel Tejada, the 2002 AL MVP in the MLB has been charged with lying under oath, he now joins the ranks of Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
         My opinion on this is that using steroids or performance enhancing drugs is wrong and stupid, but I understand why the players do it. No one is blameless in this horrible era in baseball in particular. Fans, the media and management loved it when the huge home run numbers started coming in and the immense pressure already on the players grew. I am getting entirely fed up with people saying that these sports stars who used steroids don't deserve the records they got and are ragging on them because a) they have never felt the same pressure and b) steroids and performance enhancing drugs do not make a player great, they make it so they work out longer and build muscle faster. A bad hitter isn't going to become a good hitter just because he takes steroids, it takes a talented player to make steroids work to their advantage. It doesn't make it right, but we as fans or members of the media need to remember that we put the pressure on the sports stars to perform, and this is what they felt they had to do to perform to our expectations.

Now I want to hear your opinions, so post comments on this post or in the C-box, or you can email me at exerciseyourmindreadbooks@hotmail.com


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