We all know the black eye that baseball has because of the steroids era and we don’t know what records are real anymore. Records that were once seen as untouchable, are now attainable by any person with enough extra testosterone in their bloodstream. It seems like nowadays, whichever plays ingests the most illicit performance-enhancing substances will come home with a previously untouchable record.
When Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were battling it out, we all were stunned by the awesomeness that was unfolding before our eyes. We all knew something was up, but the show was just too good, so we ignored the obvious signs. Mark McGwire went from regular hitter to jacked up mutant and Sammy Sosa who couldn’t connect to save his life all of a sudden was a mythical creature, just crushing balls.
We all thought that baseball was saved, but in reality, it was crumbling right in front of us. The legacy of this once great game would be tarnished by juice heads and roid freaks. The record books would forever be obsolete as these huge numbers would all be masked by the steroid era.
So which records do we actually see as real now? Is Mark McGwire’s 70 a realistic number or is Barry Bonds 73 more recognizable? Both players were using steroids and other illegal substances to enhance their games, so should we even consider either of them as legitimate?
In my book, we throw al the records out, the MLB is much different than before, they play more games and are bigger and faster than ever. What relevance does Roger Maris hold today? Babe Ruth hit 60 before there was integration so that record is out. Maris wasn’t playing in the modern era with these incredible pitchers.
All these records are obsolete so I say toss them in the trash and let’s start a new era, an era of drug testing and equal footing for all players.
Without a new start, baseball is forever ruined, so I say we forget the checkered past and start a new.
Out with the old and in with the new. We can’t-do much worse than the steroids era so we only have up to go. If we keep remembering the tainted past, the only taste we will have is bad…
Baseball only has one option, forget the dirty past and see the clean future…