Monday, January 11, 2010

I'm Shocked!!!

by Scott Hall

Slugger Mark McGuire admits steroid use. McGuire, Sammy Sosa and hundreds of other players did body building with steroids and other supplements during the 1990s and early 2000s. McGuire had a supplement in open view in his locker for at least a few years. Steroid use wasn't a dark secret in football and baseball. McGuire and Sosa created great excitement and television and box office wealth for baseball.

Now the same baseball and media industries that reaped billions off these athletes expect remorse and shame from these guys 10 years later. It's the same sorry crowd of hypocrites that are keeping Pete Rose out of the Hall of Fame. The baseball writers that won't vote Rose and McGuire into the HOF, and won't elect Barry Bonds when he's eligible, are the shills that allow the hypocrisy to continue. It was good for the cash flow to ignore it in the 1990s, and it's good for the cash flow to play it this way now.

1 comment:

Gord said...

Back in the 1980s and early '90s a group of us working in downtown St Louis bought 4 season Cardinal Baseball tickets and enjoyed going over to Busch Stadium to cheer on the great pennant-winning teams of Whitey Herzog. At shortstop we had the best in the game - Ozzie Smith. The Wizard could field anything, with amazing speed and agility. He was a consistent on-base hitter from his leadoff position.

Later in his career - and just before the Strike of 1994 - we noticed that Ozzie was building muscle and power onto his once slender frame. He started hitting for extra bases and slowing down maybe half a step on the basepaths.

Ozzie never has "come clean" like Mark McGwire, but it was pretty obvious that this wasn't just a training table and weight room difference.

-Gord, the Golden Gopher, still a Cardinal fan, who also roots now for the Twins