Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Steroids - Who Is Still Surprised By This?

It is late February, my friends, which for whatever reason in the Baseball world means 'Spring.' This is the time of year when all baseball fans can look forward to the upcoming Baseball season and their favorite team's prospects of success before everything goes horribly, horribly wrong within the first month (see Tigers, 2008).

With these hopes and dreams comes the inevitable steroid controversy. This year, it's Alex Rodriguez, one of many very expensive stars on the New York Yankees' very expensive roster of superstars. Apparently, a few years ago the MLB player's union did some 'anonymous testing' that was supposed to remain 'anonymous' so that they could tell if there really was a steroid problem among their players which, like, no shit Sherlock look at the size of Barry Bond's neck.

Anyway, Rodriguez's name somehow came out as being one of those 'anonymous' players who tested positive for steroids. The media has since been flogging him nonstop and demanding an explanation, which he gave, although there is still some speculation on whether or not he incriminated himself enough to those seeking "the truth."

My question at this point, though, is who cares? I mean, steroid use (alleged or actual) has been a part of Major League Baseball for as long as I can remember - probably as long as I've been alive - and was a hot topic like a decade ago. We're still talking about this?

Yeah, I know, it affects a game that has a lot of tradition and puts a lot of emphasis on numbers and has a lot of 'national past time' baggage attached to it and it basically amounts to cheating etc. But (A) this isn't the first time a player has been revealed, and (B) it's not like we're talking about Roy Hobbes from the Natural. This is not a "Say it ain't so" moment. We're not talking about the shining white knight who has fallen from grace here.

This is Alex Rodriguez we're talking about here: the guy who goes by A-Rod; the guy who cheated on his hot wife with Madonna; the primadonna of the New York Yankees.

I'm just saying I'm tired of hearing about it. If you want to put a blurb about it on an ESPN.com sidebar or something, fine. But everyone is making such a big deal out of this thing like people are somehow surprised that A-Rod - A-Rod of all people! - could have possibly done what a huge percentage of professional baseball players were doing and could conceivably still be doing.

There's a problem, yes. Fix the problem, Baseball, and let the rest of us move on to more important things, like whether or not Joel Zumaya's shoulder will explode the next time he plays Guitar Hero.

2 comments:

Billy said...

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Nat Topping said...

If I didn't know better, Billy, I'd think you were peddling for "21st Century HGH." Not so sure you came to the right place, my friend, considering my viewership.