Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard a little something about Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Brian McNamee, the Congressional hearings and the Mitchell Report. If you haven't, please feel free to email me and tell me how to avoid over-publicized stories because I'd really like to know. Anyway, I'm annoyed by the whole situation, but I've learned two very important things just watching the media coverage and reaction to the people involved. Andy Pettitte for some reason is looked at as this ambassador of truth because he eventually admitted to taking HGH. Everyone has been so quick to applaud him for being so forthcoming and blah, blah, blah. The only conclusion I could come to is its okay for you to take illegal steroids as long as you don't lie about it when you get caught. Every media member who b*tched and moaned about the integrity of baseball and hallowed records and other such things is seemingly on Pettitte's side. After listening to some of the congressional hearings I must admit I find Roger Clemens very hard to believe. The trainer is an unscrupulous dude as well. Andy didn't testify so they just referred to his deposition time and time again and everyone was willing to accept that he told the "truth and nothing but the truth so help him God."
Not that I think Andy is a liar, but I'm shocked at how easily everyone believes him. No one other than Roger Clemens has questioned his deposition. Roger didn't even really do that, he just said Andy misremembered a conversation. The admitted users (albeit after the fact) look like heroes all of a sudden. Am I the only one who thinks that's weird?
On to the other very important thing I've learned. Players will still use HGH. The ramifications of doing so aren't nearly as bad as some would like them to be. Basically, all you have to do if you get caught is apologize for any distractions this is bringing to your respective ball club, and have at the most 2 uncomfortable sessions with reporters. After that, its clear sailing.
If taking a shot in the rear is really the difference between a career as a minor leaguer and a Major leaguer then don't expect HGH use to dissipate any time soon. (for the record, I don't think steroids are magic, you still have to have tremendous skill) Anyway, if someone told me there was something I could take to become better at my job and make millions of dollars in the process, I'd probably try it. I got a family to feed just like Latrell Spreewell. Its not right, but I'm just saying put yourself in the player's shoes. If there was something in which your employer did not test for and it could improve your performance, you have to consider it. The money is too tempting and chances are you won't get caught. I happen to believe the playing field is more even than baseball purists want to acknowledge. I'm not saying everyone is doing it, but there's not a name that could come out that would surprise me.
As a Yankee fan I still find this Mitchell Report very sketchy considering Mitchell works for the Red Sox. You mean to tell me none of the players on that 2004 team were on steroids and took a fresh batch of them after game 3 of the ALCS.... I will never ever accept this as truth.