It appears that one of America’s greatest sports icons is about to finally fall from the heavens, not that he hasn’t been slipping from the clouds for a few years now. For those who haven’t heard, Tony Bosch, founder of Biogenesis of America, is planning on testifying against New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez (aka A-Rod) and other MLB stars, claiming that he provided them with performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).
According to reports, Bosch’s decision to take down his former clients is a reaction to A-Rod's refusal to support his legal fees when the MLB came after Bosch in March. Thus, instead of fighting the MLB, Bosch figured it would be a lot cheaper to work with them.
As much fun as it would be to sit here and bad mouth A-Rod and thank a higher power that these cheaters are finally getting what they deserve, I’m going to take a different direction. People can hate on the steroid era all they want, but I think we owe these players a big "Thank you."
In the last 10 or so years, in which steroids ran rampant through the MLB, we saw some of the most exciting baseball in the history of the league. I understand there is a level of integrity that the MLB wishes to uphold, but from a business standpoint. steroids make for better entertainment. As a baseball fan, that’s all I’m looking for.
The drop in MLB ratings over the past few years and its tank in 2012 speak volumes to the value these men brought to the game. As the NHL and NBA seasons come to an end in the upcoming weeks, we are left with a very sad looking SportsCenter highlight reel.
The dog days of summer are tough enough; we don’t need the MLB to make them any more daunting by taking away Herculean-like players. People always remark, "What would the old-time greats think of these men?" But the answer is not probably what you’re expecting: PEDs plagued the league then, too. They may not have been referred to as the same names as they are today, but for decades, athletes have been finding ways to improve their play. I'm not ashamed to say that I appreciate their effort.
The purist will always argue morality, but when I head to the ball park, I’m willing to leave my morals at home to see a spectacle rather than just some well-organized lollygagging.
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