December 6, 2004
More Big News in Sports
Im sure all of you that follow sports have probably seen the big news about Jason Giambi admitting to using steroids in his career as a baseball player. I was not too shocked about his admissions. Last year I did a persuasive speech on why steroid testing should be implemented in Major League Baseball. Throughout my research of the topic I found many articles in which players admitted to using, or saw teammates use steroids. It goes beyond baseball though, Marion Jones, the world class track star has been said to have used steroids, as well as many other track and field athletes. One article I read had a doctor quoted saying, "The person that wins the race isn't the one with the best trainer or athletic ability, but it is the one with the best doctor." Whoever has the doctor that can clean out their clients systems the fastest, will end up being the star athlete.
Posted by lind1121 at December 6, 2004 7:57 PM
I think its pretty simple, steroids are illegal in the United States. It is a slap in the face to former players who set the records by playing the game the right way, without any performace enhancing drugs. Every professional sport should have a mandatory steroid testing program.
Let me know what you guys think and what other information you have found regarding this issue.
There wsa speculation all season long about Giambi, since he wouldn't reveal why he was on the DL--the benign tumor he had is, apparently, a common side effect of steroids.
Even more important, though, is the news that Barry Bonds tesitified that he (unknowingly) used steroids (again, there's been plenty of speculation here). So what should happen to his records, and his quest to unseat Ruth and then Aaron at the top of the all-time HR list? Pete Rose got himself banned for betting on baseball, but steroid use over several seasons--while breaking records and winning MVP awards-- affects much more of the game.
It is ridiculous that players in many sports can get away with doing illegal, performance enhancing drugs. It all comes back to the title of the blog " Money and Power." Once your abilities get you to a certain point where you accumulate some wealth, you can buy your way to super-stardom by pumping your body with drugs. Its crazy.
As a player I can't imagine feeling good about breaking records that players before you set on pure talent and hard work.
Its Baseballs problem though, the players association wont let there players be tested for steroids because they feel it is an invasion of their privacy...what?
I think at some point the government will have to step in. Believe it or not it has been talked about, that just shows how serious the issue is.
I agree, and feel that Barry Bonds should be ineligible for the home run record for his use. I prefer to see the records broken through evolution not mutation.
No doubt, baseball needs mandatory steroid testing. I cant beleive they have gotten away with it for this long. And your right, the government will probably have to step in. Last week, I heard John McCain talking about it on CNN. He'll take care of it. Also, Tim brings up a good point. Pete Rose was BANNED from baseball for gambling on it, and Bonds will probably go on to break the HR record and only have an asterisks next to his name in the record books. Which crime in worse, betting or tainting the game forever by illegitimately breaking the most prestigious record in the game? MLB needs to implement steriod testing now, and ban anyone who tests positive from the game. This includes Bonds. An asterisks next to his name in the record books is not enough. Throwing him and his records out of the game will make an example of him and will teach kids that its not ok to cheat.
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"The person that wins the race isn't the one with the best trainer or athletic ability, but it is the one with the best doctor."
Wow, this is a horrible thing to hear. What ever happened to old fashioned hard work??
Steroid use seems more and more prevalent. It is really rather sad.
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Giambi is a fool but at least he came out an admitted it. I think this sport is becoming about more rather than the pure job of baseball. It's sad but if 5 people do steroids and somehow pass their drug tests everybody else feels the need to do it too...just to measure up to them..
You know, I think that the use of performance enhancing drugs is just a reflection of the amount of money that is in professional sports.
People don't play because they love the game. People play to get paid.