OK. I’ll admit it.
I didn’t watch or listen to a second of the A-Rod press conference today. Further, I didn’t watch the A-Rod sit-down with Peter Gammons last week, either.
“Wait,” you say, “you run a sports media website, shouldn’t you be all over these events?”
Probably. But truth be told, I lost interest in the whole steroid thing a long time ago. It reached “Spygate” proportions for me before Spygate even existed.
Sure, I read “Game of Shadows” and I also read Howard Bryant’s underrated book “Juicing the game.” I understand that steroids are a problem in professional sports. They can provide an unfair advantage, not to mention they can come with great health risks later in life. Just ask the 1970’s Pittsburgh Steelers. Well, those of them still alive, that is.
There’s no way that baseball or any other sport is going to be able to handle this scandal in any way that is going to satisfy all. You can’t place asterisks on some records, or say that Hank Aaron is still the official All Time Home Run King even though he has less home runs than Barry Bonds.
We’re just going to have to accept that there was a steroid era in baseball.
Aside from the actual steroid useage, the biggest beef I have with this whole episode is the fact that so many in the media buried their heads in the sand on this story for years and years. In fact, many of them insisted that there was no steroid problem in baseball. Now, these same ones are leading the charge of exposing the problem, or conducting sit-down interviews with the players who have admitted to steroid use, and who have lied to them personally thoughout the years. Others surely knew that there was a problem, but never upset the apple cart.
The bottom line is that I’m so disgusted by all the principals involved in this matter that I’ve lost any interest in reading, listening or watching anything about it. What more can really be said about it? I fear that more names from the 104 positive steroid results will be released and we’ll have more and more A-Rod-like moments of tearful confessions, followed by heartfelt sitdowns with trusted media types.
I just know I won’t be watching.