I was going to totally ignore the leak of Sammy Sosa's name being on the list of 104 players that failed the 2003 steroid test, but then Richard Griffin wrote about it and said some things that I just had to comment on. Like:
I don't know folks, I'm a pretty big baseball fan, am I in 'despair for the future of the game'. No. Are you? Didn't think so. Am I surprised that Sosa tested positive. No, I don't think anyone is. I'm likely as naive as anyone about steroid use, I don't believe Canseco's '80% were using number'. If he had said 40% I'd likely have nodded my head up and down. If you said anywhere between 40% and 60% of players were using, I wouldn't argue.
But Sosa, yeah him I knew was using. When Sosa went from a guy that could hit 10 or 15 homers in a year to a guy that would hit anywhere from 40 to 66 in a year. Yeah, we guessed. He went from skinny to ripped in no time. When he went nuts on Rick Reilly when Reilly suggested that he 'take a test' after Sosa has said he was willing to be tested at any time, we knew he was using. There is no surprise or 'despair' here.
Speak for yourself Richard, I'm as sane as I ever was.Yeah I know, insert your own joke here.
I don't know, being mad at someone seems to be wasted energy. But if you need someone to blame, how many times did Bud Selig try to get himself into a picture with Sosa and McGwire during their big home run season? Could blame Bud for the lockout/strike that cost us a World Series and made us want something good to cheer for that we didn't ask or want to ask questions when McGwire and Sosa were hitting balls out of the park at historic rates.
Maybe we should be mad at the reporters who ignored that was right in front of them at the time. Doesn't it make the reports co-conspirators? Richard, you were there at the time, didn't you see any of this? It is hard for me to take writers that were there at the time being 'holier than thou' now.
Maybe we should be mad at society as a whole, who doesn't cheat in some way these days. Heads of corporations lie, cheat and steal. University kids take Ritalin to cheat on tests. Everyone cheats on taxes. How many folks have a radar detector so they can cheat on the speed limit?
Yeah I know, it's a stretch, but maybe we shouldn't waste energy getting 'mad' at guys that took steroids so that they could make more money and get our applause.
Yeah I agree, I think it is unfair that the players were sold on the idea of the 2003 test by being told the names wouldn't come out and then, well they've come out. But then I think there are thousands of things in life that are more unfair, so this isn't the cause I'd stand up and fight for.
Do you really think it will have an effect on Sammy? I think Sammy was already thought of as a user and wasn't going to get elected to the Hall of Fame even if his name wasn't leaked now.