The most important thing to remember with the latest drug scandal in Major League Baseball is to not miss the point. A lot of people will say things like “everyone was doing it.” That is all well and good and they have a valid point. Some people will say, “they test now lets move on.” That too is a valid point. Moving on should be with out a doubt the baseball world, fans included, first and most important priority. However, those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it. So lets not miss the point.
The point isn’t that everyone was cheating because first off everyone wasn’t cheating. Most were but not all. I firmly believe that. The point is that people like myself who grew up loving this game and following this game from the time I was 8 years old feels hurt and betrayed. When people say get over it everyone was doing it, those are the people who didn’t have a vested interest when they were 12. There is nothing wrong with that but they will never fully understand what it is like to have your greatest childhood moments ruined. My father for instance doesn’t care about steroids cause when he was 15 Mickey Mantle wasn’t using them and he was great. For guys like me who are between 25-35 we are hurt and betrayed.
When Mark Mcgwire lifted number 62 over the left field wall I had tears in my eyes. I was witnessing history. Real living exciting history. Just to find out 4 years later that it was a fraud. It jades your thoughts on the game and on life really. Here is a guy that you thought worked hard to get to where he was in life. Turns out he is a freaking cheater. How does a guy 30 years old now explain to his kid who he is about to take to the ballpark that his sports hero’s were, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Mark Mcgwire, Sammy Sosa, Manny Ramierz, just to have his son look up and say didn’t those guys cheat. That is happening right now all over this country and that is the sad thing.
That isn’t even to say anything about the guys who didn’t cheat. Take a guy whom I love like David Cone. Coney should be in the hall of fame bar none. Reason is because he did it the right way. He had to pitch against juiced up maniacs and he did it with relative ease. So maybe he doesn’t have 354 wins like Roger Clemens. Maybe he didn’t strike out the 2nd most people in the history of baseball like Roger Clemens. However, the records he does have he earned with the two most important things in all sports especially baseball, no not Steroids and HGH, Heart and Hustle.
By Michael Genovese