I know. It's been everywhere. But, I can't resist. This will be my "airing it out" blog.
It is difficult to look at certain players in ANY camp and not notice that "they look a bit smaller." But one must, because they do. Now, perhaps, they all got together and said, "Let's all go on a diet so that the public cannot tell who roided and who did not." This, however, is highly unlikely. One thing is for certain. I wish that I could drop 20 pounds over the next two and a half months.
But, while we are on this very tired subject allow me to throw something out there that the mainstream media HAS NOT been discussing. I will type this slowly so that they'll be able to follow this blog...PITCHERS WERE DOING IT, TOO!
I understand that the batting stats went through the roof...but...isn't it possible that some guys (Sturtze..remember his attack against Kapler?... and others) found 5+MPH on their fastballs thanks to enhancement. Isn't it possible that some fading pitchers were able to hang around? That some younger pitchers were very strong?
I wonder if we'll see a reduction in the "Tommy John" surgeries now that (using physics here) the pressure on a lot of elbows will be less.
Irony? How about all the talk (during the HR race, and overall power surge) of the "ball being juiced"?
Is it strange to anyone else that the 'roid rage came of age just following the strike?
By the way, the other night on ESPNClassic, I watched a report from "60 Minutes" from a few years ago. An ex-DL from the Atlanta Falcons was talking about steroid usage (among other drugs in the NFL). Want to hear how players got around the testing? This shows what people are willing to go through for this stuff. When called, players would fly to "Testing Areas" with their doctors. Minutes before being tested, players would urinate, then have their doctors catheterize other people's "clean" urine in to their bladder. Thus, their test was clean!
I think that clears this out of my system. I was just tired of hearing of Bonds (who should not be allowed in the Hall of Fame until Rose is), Canseco, and others.
That's it on roids...