Hold on for another ‘roid ride
The 2006 Major League Baseball season is off to a bad start.Hall of Fame outfielder and career Minnesota Twin Kirby Puckett died on Monday, one day after suffering a major stroke at the age of 45. With the somber news of Pucketts untimely death still sinking in across the baseball world, another blow struck the sport once called, with all honesty, Americas pastime.The follow-up slap on Tuesday was news of a soon-to-be-released, tell-all book, Game of Shadows, detailing Barry Bonds steroid use or abuse, rather. Of course, everyone deserves to know the truth, but did we really want to hear this now in the midst of the World Baseball Classic and Major League Baseballs spring training, when the prospect of a fresh new season draws giddiness from all who love the sport?I didnt. So the San Francisco Giants quirky slugger pumped massive amounts of performance enhancing drugs into his body. What else is new? That much has been apparent for quite some time. The same goes for other power hitters who transformed the game by way of roid-induced, brutish strength, with some of them bulking up back when Bonds was still a lean Pittsburgh Pirate.No matter how sick and tired people are of hearing about steroid use in baseball, the issue is far from dead. In fact, the two San Francisco Chronicle reporters who wrote Game of Shadows after two years of intensive research, fueled the fire that finally seemed to be smoldering.Those punks. Now well undoubtedly be force-fed steroid talk throughout the 162-game season and beyond far beyond. Its never going to go away. The game has been marred by steroids, and theres no reversing the effects.Its a sad situation, for the city of San Francisco, the Giants, their fans and everybody involved in the sport. Bonds, assuming the incriminating accusations are correct, should have to deal with the flak he brought upon himself. But hes not the only one who has to deal with it. We all do.And when it comes down to it, the blame has got to land squarely on the shoulders of Major League Baseballs bigwigs, namely commissioner Bud Selig, for not enforcing a testing policy long ago.With no steroid-testing policy, certain professional athletes who are striving to be the best are bound to abuse a substance that makes them better. Thats true in any sport. Maybe if Bonds goes down for the season on his surgically repaired, gimpy knee before reaching Babe Ruths 714 home run mark, the talk will subside. Maybe that would be the best thing for everybody, including the team dishing out millions to keep him around, whether he plays or not.
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