This is for all those out there who don’t believe steroids helped Barry Bonds hit all those home runs. It’s for the naive who think “he still had to hit the ball.’’
Steroids make you stronger. They enable you to recover faster after exercise. They maintain your energy and strength when it’s hot. They enable you to exercise and train longer and harder.
When you’re able to recover quicker and are able to perform when it’s hot and you’re tired, it gives you an advantage.
Steroids help a hitter maintain his bat speed, and it is bat speed that helps generate power. A quicker bat lets the hitter turn on a pitch he might miss (in this case, it helps him hit the ball). A quicker bat helps the hitter catch up to a fastball he might otherwise have missed or not hit squarely.
Steroids are cheating. And, Bonds cheated. If you don’t see that, then you won’t be convinced even with a signed confession.