Is there any other way to describe the steroid era than sucky? It's not even a word, as my little red line indicates, but I think it is the most fitting "word" for the job.
Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz are the latest names to come out from this mysterious 2003 positive test list. A list with 100 other names on it that was supposed to remain anonymous and even destroyed. Now you hear everyone outside Boston saying the Red Sox's 2004 and 2007 World Series wins are tainted.
I hate all Boston teams. I hate their fans, not as people, but as fans. But even I don't think these titles are anymore tainted than just about every World Series of my lifetime. If everyone was on the juice, and it seems like they were, then how can we call team's title to be the result of cheating, but not others? And that is why the steroid era sucks.
I can't look at any team or player in the past 24 years without thinking they were injecting their butts with steroids. We young baseball fans have been cheated of heroes. Any player doing great things recently has been linked to performance enhancing drugs, with Ken Griffey Jr. as the exception.
If a player today was to pull off Kirk Gibson's famous home run, we would cheer at first, but then we'd automatically think he was using steroids. If it comes back that Joe Carter was on PED's when he destroyed the Philadelphia Phillies in 1993, I might go on a tristate killing spree. But I also wouldn't be surprised.
And that is what the steroid era has done to me. It has filled me with skepticism about every player I watch. Any time I hear a player coming back earlier than expected from a serious injury, I can't help but think juicing is how he did it.
On a side note, don't you dare try giving the excuse that steroids weren't banned in baseball. They are banned by federal law. Last I checked, federal law trumps baseball law. I don't care how powerful the MLB Player's Union is.
There is hope for us though. MLB is testing more and more now, and there is a decent chance the young stars of today are clean. Hopefully the next 24 years will be filled with heroes that do it the right way. Or they just found a drug that can't be detected.
Heroes - David Bowie