Personally, the reason I am so against steroids IS b/c its illegal and because it is against the games rules. If someone can find a loophole in a rule, and exploit it, I have no problem with that, but when someone's blatently breaks a rule, that just ticks me off. For example, I'm not upset that McGwire used Andro b/c it was legal, in and out of baseball, but if someone is caught for it in the coming years, then I have a problem with that.
I truly believe that 90-95 percent of the players do not use steroids. I also understand that 90-95 percent of the players do use performance enhancing drugs and "uppers." Thats part of the game, and should be. People should have the right to do with their bodies what they want, as long as they don't gain an unfair advantage against the rest of the players.
Let's remember that baseball didn't have a steroid-testing program until last season, so any numbers put up before that should not be subject to an asterisk (despite what Sports Illustrated says). We haven't gone back and put asterisks on pitchers statistics achieved before the spitball was outlawed and I don't hear people wanting to put an asterisk beside the numbers put up by "greenie"-popping players of the 70's and 80's.
I think Congress should worry about more important things than steroids in baseball. Don't they have more important things to concern themselves with? And it's ludicrous that they are holding up the NFL as a model that MLB should follow. Raise your hand if you think the NFL is steroid-free.
Three great players, Bonds, Giambi, and Sheffield, have taken the most heat so far this spring, but Randy Velarde and Marvin Benard were also named with Bonds, Giambi and Sheffield, and I don't see people complaining about them. If steroids helped Benard hit .197 last year or Velarde hit .226 in 2002, well, they can't be that performance-enhancing.
Roger Angell: I was talking with Bob Gibson and I said: 'Are you always this competitive?' He said: 'Oh, I think so. I got a three-year old daughter, and I've played about 500 games of tic-tac-toe with her and she hasn't beat me yet.'