One position that I have long espoused that I often find to be contrary to the feelings of much of the sports media world is my view on steroids. They do not bother me all that much, and I think that the grand reveal of all steroid users has done more to harm the sport than fix anything. I wish that we could leave well enough alone, and just focus on implementing even more rigorous testing standards in the future. The fact that McGwire and Bonds were on steroids during their historic seasons does nothing to diminish the excitement that I had at the time, nor does it do anything to alter my memory of those events. Bill Simmons echoes this position in his latest column:
With everyone fretting about the steroids era and how it frayed the carefully woven fabric of baseball history, ask yourself this: Does any of it matter? Bonds remains the best leftfielder I’ve ever seen in person. I’ll never forget watching Roger Clemens in his prime. I never turned the channel when Manny was batting for the Red Sox — never, ever, ever, not once. A-Rod fetched the highest price in each of my fantasy auctions this decade. I probably paid four grand to Fenway scalpers from 1999 to 2001 to watch Pedro pitch even though I was broke. Some of them cheated for an edge they didn’t need; others stayed clean. I will remember them all.
Maybe we overthink this stuff. The truth is, either you’re great or you’re not.
Exactly. These players achieved greatness, and I do not care how they got there, as it does not retroactively change anything about my sports experience. I know that I am in the minority here, which is why I wrote this post in the first place. I want to hear the other side, understand why some people are so outraged. Where do you stand on this issue?
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