Mark McGwire?! You’ve Got to be Kidding Me! (Sarcasm)

In the wake of Mark McGwire admitting to using steroids during his entire career, I have decided to start a regular column called ‘No Shit.’ So eleven days into 2010, we get our first no shit moment of the decade.  Mark McGwire used steroids? NO SHIT. Next thing you’re going to tell me that Britney Spears isn’t a virgin, Sarah Palin is going to join Fox news, it doesn’t matter who wins American Idol and there is no Santa Claus.

So my reaction to Mark McGwire admitting to ‘juicing’ is simply: No Shit. Anyone that thinks that Mark McGwire was clean is an idiot.  A flat out idiot. Especially when he was RIDICULOUSLY evasive in 2005 while testifying in front of Congress. I don’t believe that McGwire came clean because he has a tinge of conscious bugging him after he is hired as the Cardinals hitting coach. I think he is using this as an opportunity to tell us what we already know. What I think ultimately prompted his decision was the fact that this year, his FOURTH year being eligible for the Hall of Fame, he still only received less than 25% of the vote. I think McGwire thought he might be able to garner a few more votes by telling us what we already knew. However, he is NEVER going to get in the Hall of Fame now. Don’t get me wrong, he was never going to get in anyway, because he did the crime, but coming clean really has no significance.

The bigger overall issue is steroids in baseball. (Note: I did not say sports.) At this juncture, no one should ever suspect that any player in the MLB is NOT on steroids. I cannot say, with any certainty, that Albert Pujols has never used steroids, or Cal Ripken Jr., or Mark Texiera, can’t say it about Miguel Tejada or Johnny Damen…hell I don’t even know if I say any of the greats–those that we all admire from the 20’s to 40’s where baseball had a certain magic to it–are innocent.  After seeing a long list of our heros fall,(Barry Bonds, McGwire, ARod, Palmero, Conseco, Clemens –cause he DID– etc), can anyone trust any MLB players? Unfortunately, steroid use is just part of the game, and has been for a long time. Probably longer than any of us ever dare to imagine. The witch hunt and testing has really just become popular of the past 15 years or so.

In my day life, I work in the public relations profession and few public relations blunders scale to the level of insanity that Major League Baseball and steroids stirs. Baseball needs to decide what to do. Do we wipe out all the records and start over? Do we actually PUNISH people who are caught instead of slapping them on the wrist? (Other than just not giving them entrance into Cooperstown)? Should the MLB actually get serious about finding who is taking steroids and who isn’t? at the very least…can we CONTROL THE LEAKS?!  One thing is for certain, their method right now ain’t cutting it. I said last year, after it “leaked” that ARod tested positive for steroids in 2003, that Major League baseball should have interfered and released the ENTIRE list. AND no, I DON’T think that’s going to far. Why should ARod have to crucify and burn alone when admittedly over 120 other players tested positive in the same year? If you want to make steroids a big deal and discourage players from using them, how about embarrassing them and ruining their legacy when they test positive. How about blowing the whistle on their endorsement deals?! How about you DON’T LET MCGWIRE COACH since he has admitted to CHEATING in the game of baseball? Let’s ban him for life like you did with Pete Rose.  This slap on the wrist shit is what got the MLB in trouble in the first place. I mean, Money Ramirez gets suspended 100 games for taking Viagra (allegedly…ha) and the MLB is protecting the other people on the list (and don’t give me that shit about a players union)

So I guess what I’m trying to say, is that someone needs to step in and fix this mess of steroids in the MLB. Do we care or do we not? Personally, I don’t. I assume everyone is juiced….and it doesn’t ruin the game for me ONE Iota. I’m a HUGE baseball fan and I just don’t care about steroids. I just get pissed when we decide to ostracize some players and not others, when we choose to say it’s a big deal but not ACT like it’s a big deal. I’m over this story, so let’s decide what to do…Ball’s in your court, Selig.

What are your takes on steroids in baseball? Is ANYONE clean anymore? Does it ruin the game for you? Do you think this is the biggest ‘no shit’ of the steroid “bombshells?” Talk to me people. I’d love to hear your thoughts!



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