Many of you who read my blogs know that I’m an avid sports enthusiast, especially baseball and golf.
Inn recent days there has been a resurgence of talk about steroid use in professional baseball, especially with Mark McGuire’ disclosure, as if anybody is taken by surprise.
There are strong feelings on the topic.
One of my friends takes the view steroid users are cheaters, poor role models, and should not be permitted to hold any records or go to the Hall of Fame.
Many others agree.
The other position is steroids, initially, were not illegal, and that, although they help built strength, were not the cause of enhanced performance. The hitters still have to have great hand to eye coordination, and the pitchers still have to know how to throw strikes. In other words, the steroids didn’t do it.
Whatever your viewpoint, I’d like to look at the controversy from a different perspective:
A) The hypocrites in Congress who had the nerve to waste tax-payer money investigating the issue of steroid use in professional baseball.
First, I wonder how many of them were on something?
Second, If the fans don’t like the way baseball handles the issue, let them boycott games.
It’s between baseball, its management, players and the fans.
The taxpayers have more compelling national issues.
B) How easily folks over-look the historical use of amphetamines by professional baseball players.
It is well-known that the use of this drug, called “greenies” or “speed” has gone hand-in-hand with professional sports forever.
Surely not every athlete used them, but enough of them were abusers.
That drug is a major performance enhancer, causing increased alertness, intensity, energy and adrenaline.
Arguably those features are far more valuable to the athlete in terms of enhanced performance than more strength.
Many in baseball’s Hall of Fame were abusers of amphetamines.
The players on speed were said to be “launching,” yet even today its usage is treated far less severely than steroids, which seems a bit hypocritical.
As is true in the injury law field, there are two sides ( at least!) to every argument.
Keep your strength.