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12/12/07 Waiting For The Other Shoe To Drop...

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     I have always been disgusted by the idea that players were tainting the record books by using performance-enhancing drugs to best players from bygone eras, who undoubtedly had their own faults and addictions, but who played the game in a time before the growth of the sports medicine/pharmaceutical industry allowed for the insidious growth of the use of steroids and human growth hormones, which have infiltrated and forever altered not only the history, but the very nature of the game of baseball itself.

     It was fairly obvious to me which players along the way were using performance-enhancing drugs to "maximize their talents," but for the most part the players were not players I thought would really have an impact on the history of the game. That was at least, until the chase for Roger Maris' Single Season Home Run record in 2001 raised suspicions, while at the same time supposedly "saving" baseball...or until another hallowed home run record appeared within reach of another player surrounded by suspicion...

      ...That "suspicion" is going to be confronted by fact tomorrow when former Sen. George Mitchell makes public the findings of almost two years' worth of investigation into the history of the so-called "Steroid-Era" in Major League Baseball. Included in the report, allegedly, are the names of some 80 Major Leaguers...

     ...When the news comes out, I plan to just take a minute to remind myself of all the other truly important news in the world that will be overshadowed in the media by a report on the ways in which the game I love was defiled...

Let's hope this brings closure...to anyone who feels they need it...