t_montana9 saidDrugs are a problem in society. Sports are a microcosm of society so why would be surprised that drugs were a problem in baseball? Steroids have been a part of baseball since the early 1980's and now baseball has taken a position that they are no longer accepted in the sport. They are dealing with it and are doing more about it than we as a society are doing about the drug problem. The problem in baseball is that the media continues to feed off the steroid problems of the late 1990's and early part of this century. If this were the court of law, they have definitely exceeded their statute of limitations.
I love baseball, have been a fan all my life, actually really enjoyed the so-called "steroid-era" in baseball because it did make baseball more exciting to watch. In short, every baseball proponent is to blame for the problems with sports-enhancing drugs that plagued baseball so now let's all admit our mistakes and just move on!
As for this season, I cannot wait. I spent over an hour on the phone yesterday with the Milwaukee Brewers getting my tickets for some games this year and it was totally worth it. I hope the Yankees fail miserably. I hope the Cubs will again "choke" and fail to win the World Series. I want to see the team who will be the next Devil Rays, or Colorado Rockies (2007).
Of course, I can't wait for March Madness but knowing that I'll be hearing the crack of the bat and snap of the gloves and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" really soon will help me get over the fact that College Basketball will soon be ending for another year.
I too enjoyed the Steroid era, and I think that people in the Steroid era should be admitted into the hall of fame (Sosa, McGuire, etc.) because regardless of what they used, they used it, people bought tickets, and it was done. MLB has known about steroids LONG before they started calling it unacceptable. I would maybe go as far as saying Steroids are the reason baseball is still a major sports in America (Sosa and McGuire maybe saved baseball with the HR race... and god knows they juiced) and MLB turned a blind eye... because people were enjoying the product on the field and the MLB was making money.
As for ARod, I feel sorry for him, because he is still an amazing player, even w/o the roids. I hate the teams he's on, and he has made some dumb decisions, but he would still be an elite player if he hadn't taken steroids.
t_montana9: God, you looked so good too... and then you had to be a brewers fan... I hope you guys can crack .500... though with the exodus of most of your pitching, I doubt that'll happen...
As for the Cubs... they should be good-to-great depending on the kind of years our starters/bullpen have... the offense will be there, though maybe not as amazing during the regular season as last year... but honestly, I could care less what their record is as long as they make the playoffs and win a damn playoff series (or 3....)