More drug news, which prompts this question: If one of your favorite players is caught, would you be surprised, angry or upset?
Tell me your feelings.
Yes I will be totally Pissed if one of our players tests positive for steroids. I was so mad when I heard Omar resigned Mota, what does that tell the kids, that its ok to cheat you can still be a millionaire if you cheat. I was Embarrassed to be a Mets fan that day for sure. I will BOOO mota at the stadium when I see him pitch this summer.
I would be disappointed but not surprised. Baseball needs to clean up the game, not tell the players to hide out in the clubhouse and not answer questions from Congress. They are setting a poor example from Selig on down. It’s not just baseball either, apparently all the Pro Sports think that they are above the law and not answerable to anyone.
John – my feelings are i would support the player more after i heard about this. players sacrifice their time, their family and their health all the time to help the team. if they want to take dangerous drugs to do that, to me, that is just showing how much farther they are willing to go than a non-steroid uses. they are risking their health AND jail time. also – i am not worried about setting a bad example because honestly, if your kid is using steroids in high school or whatever than he is a pathetic meathead with much bigger issues. and anyways steroids are less dangerous than unprotected sex.
just to fully disclouse, i tried 2 cycles of roids once but quit after my bigger muscles failed to help when hitting on women.
I totally agree with Joan on this one, I would be disappointed but not surprised. When even young Ryan Howard is being doubted there is a serious issue with the state of the game. MLB has taken a big hit from all of the skepticism that exists today, and it seems that noone is free from a shadow of a doubt. Hopefully we don’t have any more Mota situations anytime soon!
I’d be dissapointed but only for like 3 seconds. Quite frankly, I don’t care too much about steroids. I don’t want to say it does NOT bother me but the truth is that with mediocre guys taking steroids and not having an impact on thier game how come if it was a super star it makes him good?
So it doesn’t affect scrubs but it does have super magical powers on super star players? meh.
And besides as wierd as it is to hear this from a Mets fan, Alex Rodrigez is my favorite player and I doubt he’s used it. ARod’s been my favorite player since the 4th grade, him and Griffey.
Enough of the steriod talk already! I am upset that our Federal Government has nothing better to do than to waste time on this. If someone is caught doing something illegal, arrest them, they broke the law plain and simple. And why is MLB the “poster league” for roids? I forgot that 275/300 lb football players that can run like Carl Lewis grew on trees.
Steroids is all about the green. You take it and increase your chances. You are stronger, get over injuries faster etc.
To the poster who said mediocrity isn’t helped it depends i guess. It might make a difference between a hit and an out. If you are someone like Bonds who has talent I would think your average goes up, you hit more doubles and homers. then you get more money.
Pitchers do it presumably so they are stronger longer. Fatigue makes you sloppy and then you lose your edge.
Then there is the fact that you are cheating and like Bonds you compare yourself to people you have no business being in the conversation with ie. Aaron, Mays, Ruth, etc.
But to answer the question, I agree with Joan. And I probably won’t care about the player. For example if David Wright was caught on roids or growth hormones I would be upset and not root for him.
you guys that are making excuses for the cheaters make me sick.
Steroids have no part of the game of baseball and users should be GONE. 2 offense maximum. First offense, 50 games as it is. 2nd offense = GONE FROM BASEBALL FOREVER.
If one of my favorite players was found to be using, they would no longer be my favorite player, they would lose ALL respect. The sad thing, is that it is very likely that I will be disappointed sooner than later. I think it is more prevalent than any of us care to realize.
steroids arent cheating any more than using computers to analyze a pitchers tendencies is. should cheating by throwing a spit ball get you banned from baseball? should cheating by stealing signs get you banned form baseball forever? anyway, i guess the only solution is to stop following high stakes sports, becasue everyone will cheat to win when theres lots a stake. see you at the american legion post baseball feild.
Stealing signs is not cheating, spitballs, sandpaper, vaseline is.
I also assume that using corked bats or aluminum is ok with you?
Funny that someone mentioned American Legion baseball. Part of the problem of steroids in “high stakes sports” is that kids as young as 13 or 14 are seeing that big, bulky baseball players are the ones getting drafted and getting to the big leagues. As a result you have amateurs—- such as legion players—- who can’t wait to “fill out” and think they need to take steroids or other supplements to gain an edge.
I think most everyone has been using during the “home run” era that followed the 1994 lockout; I think the media largely knows about this; and I think MLB is currently involved in a concerted PR campaign by which the damage is released in trickles over a multi-year period, so as to blunt the negative reaction.
To be sure, if 50 top performers had been outed all at once in, say, 2003, that would have created a shitstorm for MLB. But, as evidenced by some of the comments here today, the slow trickle has dulled our senses to it, to the point where we half expect to hear at some point in the future that player X was using eight years ago. Whether we realize it or not, we have been conditioned so that when the ultimate news does in fact come down, we’ll largely be immune to it by then.
I would be disappointed, but not angry. I expect that more players have been using performance enhancing drugs over the years. They have either stopped or not been caught yet. wish there was an amnesty agreement so we could get everything out into the open and go forward. Maybe then we would know the extent that the stats have been juiced (no pun intended).
Maybe MLB can help financially to create reliable tests for HGH and other compounds which are not currently tested.
As long as sports is competitive there will be someone looking to gain an advantage.
Just like the person driving on the shoulder of the highway becuase they need to get home before everyone else stuck on the road.
This may sound wrong, but I think it’d depend on who it was. Moto last year upset me, but not off the wall angry or anything. I’d feel the same way if it was a bench guy or a utility infielder. A Dave Newhan or a Chris Woodward. If we’re talking one of the faces of the franchise, Wright and Reyes, Carlos or Carlos then its, to use a bad pun, a whole new ballgame. Something like that would probably result in the type of anger usually directed at kaz matsui and the bad90s era Mets.
bottom line: it wasn’t mark maguire or ken caminiti that were putting up those big numbers. it was a needle in their ass. when a player relies on a drug for a better performance it’s the drug you’re watching and not the player. i prefer to watch ballplayers play baseball.
Not disappointed, not surprised, actually I fully expect it.
If someone came up to you John, and said, take this injection, it will make you a better writer and triple your salary..and best of all, the contents of the injection are not tested for!!
Are you telling me you wouldnt do it??
We constantly forgive players who get in trouble for using marijuana, cocaine, or other PURELY recreational drugs…and then this drug that actually shows determination and a drive to improve ones performance rather than deteriorate it, is seen as worse.
If you had a 17 year old sports star son come home from school and say he got kicked off his team for drugs…would you rather that drug be cocaine or steroids??
If you answer cocaine, then I disagree…
Steroids bad?? Yes
People who do them bad?? No
Is it wrong to do them?? Yes
BUT, do I blame them?? No
Because put in their position, most of us would do the same thing…of course you never know for sure until you are in the position..
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