maro Lip Schtick: You Tell Me - #2p

Sunday, December 19, 2004

You Tell Me - #2

The talk about steroids in major league baseball continues. Mark McGwire set the home run record while on steroids. And Barry Bonds, who broke McGwire's record, recently admitted to unknowingly using steroids.

But MLB fans don't seem to care. People went nuts during the McGwire - Sammy Sosa home run race. And I know people who aren't MLB fans who were checking in to ESPN to see if Bonds hit a home run each day. Why is this?

Everyone freaked when Ashlee Simpson lip-synched on SNL a couple of months ago. I just posted a piece last night regarding Stephen Glass's fall from grace. And then there's that whole Martha Stewart thing.

OK, maybe these aren't apples-to-apples comparisons. But they all involve some form of "cheating."

So my question is this:

Steroids: good for baseball, or bad?

You tell me.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the Ashlee Simpson case is a good comparison, at least with the way people reacted. I think the ho-hum yawn at this point has a lot to do with how much those baseballs are worth that Barry Bonds has hit. I am a huge MLB fan and was horrified at the corked bat incident with Sammy Sosa. No one really seemed to care about that either. I think "fans" just want to catch balls hit by players like Sosa and Bonds and sell them on Ebay. No one seems to care about the MLB records except the players who set them and are about to have them broken by these drugged up men with shrunken testicles.

1:09 PM  
Blogger LilRed said...

You make some great points, Anonymous.

But I it the fact that people want to sell home run balls on eBay (which, I agree with you, that plays a part)? Or is it that people just have no sense of what's right anymore?

You mentioned Sosa's corked bat, for instance. You are exactly right when you noted that people just seemed to let it go. Big deal.

Well I think it is a big deal. It's cheating. And so is steroid use.

I'm sure you remember pitcher Gaylord Perry, who became known for loading up his balls with Vaseline (ooh, that sounded a little erotic). I'm not sure what advantage there was to coating a ball with Vaseline, but was it considered cheating? Hell yes!

And it seems to me that the cheating is rampant in baseball. You don't hear of many punters using cork-toed shoes. And you don't hear of basketball players being hopped up on the goofball in order to enhance their defensive skills.

I'm not saying that cheating doesn't exist in other sports. Some could argue that Monica Seles's incessant grunting could be seen as cheating -- since it bugs the hell out of some of her opponents.

But this steroid thing has gotten out of control. I don't understand why we continue to turn the other cheek.

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is all about the money. Barry Bonds has no sense of right and wrong-- only in the value of his contract. I think that is part of what is wrong with society, there is no value in a HARD EARNED buck. Everyone seems to want that valuable baseball or the very least a Tiger Woods or a Serena Williams in their kid. I am sure that a pitcher would never have the same monetary value as a power hitter. Personally I think pitching is more of a mind game. Since I am just a baseball fan I am only aware of the other sports when they are in the national news. I live in the O.U. Sooner obsessed state-- how much value do we put on graduating our football players from college versus reaching a Bowl game?

3:03 PM  
Blogger LilRed said...

I would agree, Anonymous. Money has become way too important ... whether it's in the pros or college athletics. What happened to playing for the love of the game?

And, speaking as an obsessed Sooner fan myself, I get irritated when I hear that one of the reasons we don't go to a playoff system in football is because of the money that the Big XII receives in the current bowl system.

But I digress. That's a topic for another time.

2:48 PM  

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