It amazes me that so many people have turned on Alex Rodriquez, Ryan Braun and the dozen or so other baseball players named in the biogenesis performance enhancing drugs scandal which Major League Baseball is currently investigating. Recently Braun was suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2013 season by MLB, and the Milwaukee Brewers slugger accepted responsibility for violating the sport's drug policy.
Even though Braun sounded more like he was sorry that he actually got caught with his hands in the cookie jar more than anything else, I still don’t quite understand all the shock about him being guilty of PED use.
Braun was named the National League's Most Valuable Player in 2011 after hitting .332 with 33 home runs and 111 RBIs, leading the Brewers to their first NL Central championship. Two weeks after that announcement, certain news media outlets leaked that Braun had tested positive for synthetic testosterone. Braun immediately proclaimed his innocence.
In February 2012, an arbitration panel repealed his 50-game suspension, citing concerns with the sample's chain of custody.
Alex Rodriquez? Well we all know about his admitting to steroid use back in 2001-2003 while a member of the Texas Rangers!
Since in the past few years some of their big name stars have been guilty of taking steroids as well as other PEDs, let’s stick with MLB for now. In America any sign of anti-capitalism is frowned upon by the majority but basically all these players including Braun were doing was capitalizing off of the marketability of their brands, which requires them to be on the field to perform. You know the old saying, "out of sight, out of mind."
Talk about hypocrisy, MLB is harshly punishing players for taking the short cuts but are the main ones pushing their brands across the world to capitalize off of them.
When we hear the word steroids, we think of adding muscle, but they're not just to make one stronger or faster, they are used to help in recovery of injuries.
To survive long grueling season's players will find ways to recover from injuries quicker to protect their brands which eventually lead to bigger paydays. Even though $5 million dollars per season is a lot of money, there is a big difference between that and let’s say the potential of making $25 million if you are considered a great talent and durable prior to the bigger payday.
Long before the steroids era in baseball began in the late 1980s, amphetamines were a staple in baseball clubhouses this was overlooked mainly because it was an acceptable way for players to get through a grueling 162-game season. Former MLB great, Hank Aaron even admitted to experimenting with them back in the late 1960s.
Routinely in the late 1990s and early 2000s, MLB baseball players were hitting 40 or 50 home runs in a season, a feat that was considered rare even in the 1980s. It has since become apparent that at least some of this power surge was a result of players using steroids and other performance enhancing drugs.
We had the so called experts giving the reasons why the spike in homeruns but not many thought that some our favorite star players were using steroids and other PEDs.
As I look back I really didn’t care at the time what was going on. I just knew that when Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire were on television, I was going to be watching because I didn’t want to miss any homeruns.
Our great nation, the United States of America was built on capitalism; so please don’t think I am against it. The point of it all is that with the misuse of it comes greed. All of this is the result of "GREED" which is what all the players who are guilty of using PEDs are guilty of.
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