This stinks in so many ways.
I am not mollified by the fact that only two current Detroit Tigers were named (although that was the first thing I checked), and I’m more pissed off by the fact that a lot of people are falling back on the old “everybody does it” line. No, obviously they don’t, and yet they’re still able to play competitively and win games. And no, I am not gloating because a lot of the juiced players are New York Yankees. (I’m guessing George Steinbrenner paid for the ‘roids himself.)
I’m also not going to go off on the “what will we tell the children?” rant. Baseball players have always been heroes to kids, but the kids are smart enough to figure out that just because someone’s a great ball player, he’s got his human side as well. Kids don’t care about the players’ personal life; it’s what goes on out on the diamond that matters. History shows that it’s always been that way; Babe Ruth was a boozer and a letch, Ty Cobb was a grumpy bigot, and Mickey Mantle admitted to abusing alcohol and drugs all throughout his career. But they never cheated at the game, and that’s what this is about: getting an unfair advantage over the other players. Kids have an instinctive knowledge of what’s fair and what isn’t and they know what these guys did was wrong without too much prompting from the adults in this story.
The worst part about all of this is that the players thought they could get away with it, and that makes me think they have no sense of accountablilty…or shame.