Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Steroids are for motivated athletes

Thank you Mark McGwire.  Thank you Alex Rodriguez.  Thank you Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemens.  Thank you whoever else took steroids.  Lets face it, these guys put baseball back in the spotlight.

In light of Mark McGwire's admittance to taking steroids I would like to take the time to express my gratitude.  Everyone knows his 1998 home run battle with Sammy Sosa put baseball back on the map.  From there Roger Clemens pitched stellar baseball in his late 30s and early 40s.  Alex Rodriguez put up home run numbers that had many believing he would surpass Barry Bonds inflated home run total.

Whatever happened to any of those guys?  No penalty to A-Rod I know that.  The Bonds and Clemens cases kind of just faded away.  So whatever it takes guys, make the game interesting, fill your pockets, fill the seat hit the ball out of the park.  Hell, Ryan Franklin, go out and make yourself a closer.  There's no asterisks that I know of...

Here's what it comes down to:  The NFL has Plaxico Burress, Chris Henry, PacMan Jones, Michael Vick.  Their shortcomings result in missed seasons or no more seasons.  Baseball has Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens and Alex Rodriguez.  Their shortcomings result in denials and apologies but no missed time and filled seats and TV ratings.

So here's the message to the youngsters out there from MLB baseball: "don't do steroids.  steroids are bad.  But, if you do take steroids, you will get a nice contract and fame.  But don't do steroids!  But if you do, you won't get in trouble.  But don't do steroids!

Spring training is right around the corner.  Who's excited for baseball this year!  Thanks steroid buddies!

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