Have you seen Bill James’ “Cooperstown and the ‘Roids” feature? It’s an interesting read.
What do you think about what James is saying here?
This is a really good read, I thought it was very well thought out and puts things in perspective. Bottom line, time will tell how all the PED users are judged.
I don’t care or have a problem with whatever a player puts in their body, but I would like to see more players from the Red Sox denounced. Just because their fanbase thinks that the worse thing their players were taking was red bull and greenies.
I also hate the argument, “what about the kids?”. If someone’s child takes steroids then I doubt it’s because A-Rod juiced or some other player, that’s just a stupid argument. Growing up most of my friends rooted for Lawrence Taylor, I still have yet to hear about or see them smoking crack cause LT took them. That argument is just so old, people are accountable for their own actions. No one else.
FWIW, as a kid, I tried using a chewing tobacco chaw because Sparky Lyle had one. And, as a kid, a took out a book from the library on Transcendental Meditation because Steve Carlton said he believed in it. And, as a teenager, I joined a gym that had Nautilus machines because I read that all the big leaguers were using it. Believe it or not, kids do follow big league baseball players and try to do things that they do…because they think that’s what baseball players should do…at least I did when I was around 13-years old.
FWIW I had teammates who juiced, that the pros did it didn’t really factor into the equation. It was something that they felt they needed to do, for whatever reason.
Given the effort in learning what they do, and how to properly use steroids, using chaw, borrowing a book from a library, and joining a gym is hardly comparable.
Raf – try doing a google search of “alex rodriguez curious naive young stupid” and see what you find.
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