mweir145 wrote:Some people like Bonds don't want to settle with being one of the best, and why should they? They want to be at the top of them all. It's that very attitude that makes these guys major leaguers in the first place. It's that kind of drive (and yes, some degree of a large ego is required) that people like you or me will never know or understand. Looking down on somebody for wanting to be the best, and going about it through hard work to get there, is horribly short-sighted. And how exactly is something cheating if it's not against the rules and everybody else is doing the same thing?
You've got to be kidding me - please stop arguing as if I'm saying something that I'm simply have not said! I never condemned "hard work" and "wanting to be the best!" I never said "people should settle!" Such a thing would
be incredibly short-sighted, but that's not what I ever even came close to stating. I denounce him for cheating to get there! Sure it takes work in the weight room even if you're on 'roids, but the steroids provide results otherwise unobtainable! And you've got to be able to see the irony in talking up Bonds' hard work! Please read Game of Shadows NOT for the steroid stuff but just for some of the statements he made throughout his high school, college, and early MLB days. He has never had a reputation as an incredibly hard worker. He's changed this perception in his late 30s, since he had to work harder to keep up with his aging body, but he also had a lot of help from illegal substances.
And you can't expect any reasonable person to swallow the argument that it "wasn't against the rules:"
1. It was illegal!
2. In 1991 Commissioner Vincent said steroids were against MLB policy, which was also the same year they were made illegal. However, the players union would not agree to a drug testing. It was basically an "honor system." It's like any higher level of education: no school "tests" students for cheating, but most impose an "honor" system.
And the argument that "everyone else was doing it" is completely illogical and simply a last ditch effort. The idea that "if all guilty can't be convicted then none should," is laughable. As the public we can only work with the information we know. Sure, a lot of people used them and we'll never know all that did. Many people commit crimes and are never caught, but we can't let that stop us from prosecuting those who are caught. And as an informed public we can't just stand by and allow the wool to be pulled over our eyes by Bonds' apologists because "not everyone who cheated can be caught."