Liar Liar, Pants on Fire

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
So...Mark McGwire has finally admitted what everyone else has known for years. He used steroids. Really? No kidding. The news this morning is full of images and clips of him crying about how sorry he is. I don't buy it. Men like McGwire, Barry Bonds and others have ruined the sport of baseball. McGwire will always be known as the man who broke Roger Maris' home run record. A record that stood for more than 30 years. Yeah, that's right...30 years. However, there will now be an asterisk beside McGwire's name in the record books. Frankly I think his name shouldn't be in the record books to begin with. Nor Barry Bonds. Now, every time a baseball player has an outstanding season or breaks a record, there will always be the question of whether or not he's using drugs.

Isn't it interesting that in baseball's glory days, we had athletes like Lou Gehrig, Roger Maris, Ty Cobb, Cy Young, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Jackie Robinson and, of course, Babe Ruth. All of whom played clean. Heck, the Babe was overweight and drunk a lot of the time and yet he still is remembered as one of the greatest players of all time. At least we'll always have our memories...

1 comments:

Gardenia said...

I am conflicted about steroids. Yes, the old greats were purists - truly great on their own merits. This is so complicated - sometimes I blame the whole athletic setup - not just the athlete - and whose to say steroids are totally wrong - doctors prescribe them to assist with injuries, keep people going when otherwise they wouldn't be able to function as usual - our society has no tolerance for just taking time to heal sometimes - I remember my daughter (who now has multiple problems with health) being booted out of college because she was recruited with stress factures in her legs and feet and had been playin on them, not to mention her failing back - no one new it until she broke down completely after an accident on the court and they couldn't push her anymore - I WISH she could have had some human growth hormone - it would have helped those bones and discs and tissues heal - but then those super athletes who deliberately use concoctions to get an edge - welllllllll - yet we expect super human attributes in our athletes - its a double bind

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