Some very big names leaped off the pages of the Mitchell report on using performance enhancing drugs in professional baseball. Names like Roger Clemens (arguably the best pitcher in the history of the game), Eric Gagne (renowned Canadian reliefer) and of course Barry Bonds.
Where does this indictment leave true-blue baseball fans? I expect with a feeling that we have been cheated. It means that a sport we once loved and trusted is nearly as bogus as World Wrestling and that a long list of the game’s most hallowed records are in the hands of cheats.
In this context, if you are a 22 year-old athlete pursuing a $40 million contract and you lack a strong moral foundation, the real question is – why wouldn’t you take steroids.
The sport that Americans love to mythologize as an embodiment of old-fashioned values turns out to have been as tainted by drugs as the Tour de France or Olympic sprinting. It was a field not of dreams but of cynical, well-paid cheats.
A sad day for baseball, is it not?