Thursday, February 12, 2009
Maureen Cavanaugh: Steroids use in baseball is in the headlines again with the disclosure that Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has used performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez was one of 104 Major League players who took part in a 2003 doping survey "test". We are almost certain to hear more names of the players who tested positive from that list leaked to the press.
So, what does all this mean for baseball? There are those that say the steroid revelations and allegations against such stars as Rodriguez and Barry Bonds are the worst thing to hit the game since the 1919 fix of the World Series. There are other, quieter voices that ask what all the hubbub is about anyway. They say the purity of the game is long gone, and steroids is just a sign of the "winning is everything" culture of modern sports.
- Mark Zeigler , sports reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune.