Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Steroid Era

This link directs you to a good explanation of the Steroid Era...

Monday, June 02, 2008

Did Joe Morgan know about the Steroid Era?

In your opinion, do you THINK Joe Morgan knew some of the players were on steroids?
Do you think ANY of the ex-ballplayers/announcers knew?
And if you THINK they knew... why didn't they say something?
And finally, if a cop sees his partner planting a gun to frame a suspect, should he speak up?

How can a parent love and troubled child?

When the whole Big Mac/Sosa race was occurring I had no clue as to the existence of a ‘steroid era’. I believed the ball was juiced or the stadiums were small. After all, that is what all of the television announcers were telling me.

Then I read two books ‘Game of Shadows’ and ‘Juicing the Game’. This is when I became aware of how big of a role steroids had been playing in the game of baseball.

What really bugged me was how the MLB announcers (Joe Morgan), who I believe knew what was going on, ignored the truth. Not a single MLB announcer had the guts to say “wait a minute… the balls aren’t juiced… the players are!!”

I don’t think they (MLB mouthpieces) trusted the fans with the truth. But those of us who love the game know that nobody is bigger than the game itself. Pete Rose learned that. And now so have Bonds, Clemens, Morgan, Selig and Fehr, etc…

It is difficult to walk the line of critic and fan but to honor the game we must not ignore what is so obviously damaging the game.

Your question was- How do you go about rooting and supporting the Cubs and still stay strong in your beliefs?

That is a very good question and one I have been struggling with for a while now, and there is no simple answer… but I do know this.

The game belongs to us… the fans.
It is OUR game… we will not abandon it and we will not to lie to protect it. And as long as we are not afraid to speak up while seeking the truth - the game will survive.

While I may not respect the cheats who stained the game, I will always respect the game. And while there may be steroid cheaters on the Cubs, I will always love the Cubs.
And though the truth can sometimes be inconvenient and difficult, I will always do my best to seek out the truth.

For the love of the game…

Sunday, June 01, 2008


That makes me think about this: if the game is so polluted with performance enhancing drugs, and there are probably players on the juice on my favorite team, what do we do about it. I can’t stop rooting for my favorite team even if some players are juiced up. I know how adamant you are about cleaning up baseball, how do you go about rooting and supporting the Cubs and still stay strong in your beliefs?

then and now

Well, I hear you that you think Kerry Wood might be on the juice. I just don’t want to admit it to myself, which I guess makes me just as bad as all those Bonds’ supporters if it is true. When ever I talk to my friends, that are south side fans, they insist that he is. It is sad but until I hear his name reported somewhere, some document, I have to keep rooting for the guy. I guess I am a little naive when it comes to the topic of steroids. I never even thought about steroids until the topic became mainstream. I mean, Sammy Sosa, playing for my home town team, I never even thought about it. When did you take first notice of the issue? Was it when the Big Mac, Sosa run was happening or after? The way the game and media spun it then was that the ball was juiced, not the players. I guess we know differently now.