wow. so now that the Mitchell Report is out, what now? My personal opinion is disgust. Disgust for how much love I put into the game, how much I enjoyed watching some of my heroes play the game. I idolize Barry Bonds. I remember, and even to this day I still love, pretending to step into the left hand batter's box and cock my bad left and right and then hit the imaginary ball and just watch it soar. That is Barry Bonds. And even more, I enjoy catching fly balls - tapping the glove against my leg while the ball is in the air, and then grab it out of the sky like it was a piece of cake.
But now it is over. Sure, he is one of the best to play the game before the steroids, but the fact is, he cheated. Him, along with countless others, cheated to win and become who they were. One name that I was surprised was not in the Mitchell Report - Brady Anderson - he had one good year and then fell off the face of the Earth. And oh ya, Albert Belle; if he was not on roids, well damn props to him.
Now dont get me wrong, I love the game of baseball, but the thing that I now see, which I feel so much remorse for, is I followed these characters in my youth and up into this day. These were the players who I wanted to become, they are the reasons for going to the ballpark, imagining and sometimes believing that they were right there with me. Imagine if we found out the kid from Sandlot juiced up before hitting that Babe Ruth ball. Ha ok so probably not.
The funny thing is I, nor any of my close friends, have seen baseball without steroids involved. They made it very prominent that HGH still can be used and is untraceable with todays tests. Another funny thing, now I know why Clemens threw that bat at Piazza during the World Series - Roids. It is a shame that the game I love and the players I idolize cheated. And in the words of Max, "If you aint cheatin, you aint winnin."