FanIQ Fan Article of the Week Challenge - How To Solve The Steroid Problem

It's Time For Everyone In Baseball To Start Telling The Truth

2/13/09 in MLB   |   gobigblue1960   |   4805 respect

The FanIQ Article Challenge this week asked how baseball can solve its seemingly never-ending steroid scandal. I'm pleased to announce that GoBigBlue won this week's contest with his stirring take on what baseball needs to do: Get everyone - Bud Selig, the owners, the players - to tell the truth, and tell it now.

On a summer night in 1969, a young boy sat at Tiger Stadium, in downtown Detroit, watching his heroes in person for the first time.

The boy's excitement was unrelenting. Look!!, he would say...there's Bill Freehan..Norm Cash, Mickey Stanley..Al Kaline. The boy ate a hot dog, drank a soda pop, talked about baseball with his Uncle Bob, and Denny McClain and the Tigers won the game over the White Sox. It was a beautiful night, the boy talked about the game long after it was over. One thing never was discussed that night by the boy, or his Uncle Bob: Steroids, and performance enhancing drugs.

Purity in a young boy and his Uncle. The national pastime. As fans, will we ever be able to enjoy that again? As a lifelong baseball fan, i would have said yes every time. However, I am now convinced that the one and only thing that will bring baseball back to America, back to the fans, back to it's rightful place in sports is something that will never happen.

Baseball, the commissioner's office, the owners, the players, the players union must do one simple, and basic thing...

They must tell the truth, no matter the consequences, no matter the backlash, no matter what. Tell the truth.

Say it ain't so Alex, Roger, Barry, Sammy...or tell the truth.

The truth, pure and simple. No lawyering up, no union spin. Baseball fans deserve the game be played fairly by each and every single major league ball player.

The record book of Major League Baseball was once treated like the King James Bible...every single word was sacred. Fans could quote every baseball record like they were reading scripture...and on the sixth day, Ty Cobb hit .420. Now, Tyrus Raymond Cobb died in 1961, Babe Ruth passes away in 1948, Mickey Mantle in 1995. These players, and tens of thousands of more - Bench, Aaron, Di Maggio, Feller, Johnson, Musial, Matthewson, Cy Young, Maris, Greenberg, Gehringer, Foxx, Gibson, Ripken, Trammell, Kaline, Matthews - will never, ever have one single hit or pitch questioned because of some kind of anabolic substance in their bodies.

But right now, every baseball player, with or without prejudice, needs to come clean. It's that simple. Barry Bonds, the truth now...Big Mac..it's been long enough, now the truth...Sosa, how many corked bats... Miguel Tejada, tell the truth. Clemens, Petitte, A-Rod, the truth now.

Baseball fans deserve to know about each and every record that has been affected by any player who took any drug that made those records fall because of performance enhancement. Every team,  every player, union official, and the commissioner's office must be on board, and none of the "we had no idea" defense by any party involved. The fans know that the player's union has been protecting the players, and that the owner's have looked the other way as home runs have risen. Now, they need to stand together, as one, and admit the wrongdoing involved in baseball the past 20 years or so.

So, there it is...the truth. Tell the truth. Baseball needs it, and the fans, well, we deserve it.
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2/13/09   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

Toejam wrote:
The bad news is that baseball is a game played by humans with all their faults and greed....baseball will take a black eye from this, get up, dust itself off and continue with a new generation of fans paying to see their heroes.....

The good news is that another season is upon us, the gates to spring training camps are swinging open, and everyones team is tied for first place.....even my Mariners.......

And there was a time when optimism at this point was not a ridiculous thing.  Sadly, many teams are out of it before they ever take the field.  Thanks to the MLBPA.

2/13/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

The bad news is that baseball is a game played by humans with all their faults and greed....baseball will take a black eye from this, get up, dust itself off and continue with a new generation of fans paying to see their heroes.....

The good news is that another season is upon us, the gates to spring training camps are swinging open, and everyones team is tied for first place.....even my Mariners.......

2/13/09   |   radiowave000   |   145 respect

primo wrote:
I have and always will be a baseball fan. but i can honestly say that i have been more hurt not by the steroid talk, but earlier in the '80's, early '90's before the strike of 1994...when it was revealed that my heroes in the NY Mets were coke heads. steve howe was a crack head. vince coleman throwing firecrackers at fans in a parking lot. pete rose betting on baseball while still employed. players no longer signing autographs for the fans because a baseball card corporation doesn't allow it in their contract. the disassociation between the players and the fans. i was hurt before '94, and i was hurt way before the steroids. but i love this game and will continue to support it. my kids (10, 6, and 4) all have the same gleam in their eye when the season starts and it dampens once the final out is recorded in the WS. Long live the game, not the faults!

I agree. The Cocaine addicts of the '80's were as bad if not worse. The Steroid Era needs to be labeled in the record and history books and left behind.

2/13/09   |   njstixx

seanrrpsnm wrote:
 Great article! Now how do we get all these guys to come forward and actually make it happen!!

You might get one or two mower level guys speaking up, but the rest of em will roll the dice and pray whoever leaked the info doesn't have something against them...Seriously I can see a blackmail thing happening here....

2/13/09   |   seanrrpsnm   |   11 respect

 Great article! Now how do we get all these guys to come forward and actually make it happen!!

2/13/09   |   primo   |   1 respect

I have and always will be a baseball fan. but i can honestly say that i have been more hurt not by the steroid talk, but earlier in the '80's, early '90's before the strike of 1994...when it was revealed that my heroes in the NY Mets were coke heads. steve howe was a crack head. vince coleman throwing firecrackers at fans in a parking lot. pete rose betting on baseball while still employed. players no longer signing autographs for the fans because a baseball card corporation doesn't allow it in their contract. the disassociation between the players and the fans. i was hurt before '94, and i was hurt way before the steroids. but i love this game and will continue to support it. my kids (10, 6, and 4) all have the same gleam in their eye when the season starts and it dampens once the final out is recorded in the WS. Long live the game, not the faults!

2/13/09   |   snbslugger

I was worried about this week's challenge since everyone has pretty much expressed their opinion, and then expressed it again even louder.  I was concerned the featured article would be just another fire-and-brimstone indictment of the game. 

Thank you for proving me wrong.

John, this is the article that had to be written.  There was, and if you look hard enough for it, still is, a magical aspect to this game.  All of the things you felt, and we felt collectively as little kids still exists. 

We can all get on here and puff our chests out and declare "I WILL NOT BE FOOLED BY THIS GAME, NEVER AGAIN."  That makes us sound like a bunch of cynical, cranky old farts that don't believe in anything good anymore.  My biggest disappointment is that when this new information comes to light, the little 12 year old kid in my heart that still believes in this game and still gets goosebumps when he walks up the entrance ramp to Fenway Park grows up a little more and becomes a little less innocent.

It was once said that this game can keep you young forever, and if telling the truth can somehow restore things back to even a shred of what it used to be, it's a start.

Excellent work.  I really enjoyed it.

2/11/09   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

When I was young, I used to believe in the purity and sanctity of baseball as well.  I even bought into it into my adult years.  But as I grew older, I realized I was fooling myself.  The sport is a business first, sport 2nd.  Always was, always will be.  The reason I think it took me a while to realize this is because in my younger years, it was a bit more hidden than it became later.  I still enjoy the game today.  Just not on the same level I enjoyed it in my youth.  I accept that it is what it is.  Sure, I still have my opinions and such.  But the passion I used to have died when the truth was uncovered.

I guess I'm not saying that the truth should or should not come out.  All I'm saying is that when I saw the truth after 1993, the game changed for me forever.