As glad as I am that Ryan Braun's 50-game suspension was overturned, it would've been a lot more convincing had it happened because something went wrong with the sample or lab work instead of a technicality. Even though I suspect he'll come out of this with most of his reputation intact some will always have some doubts now.
The whole "steroids era" crap pi$$es me off for the simple reason that when Bonds, McGwire, Palmeiro, Clemens et al.
were what is now, with vitrol and condescention, called "doping" it was by THE (SACRED) RULES OF MLB was not forbidden
Really, WTF does anyone reasonably expect a competitive athlete to do with 10's of millions at stake? Or a prideful Barry Bonds to do near the end of an already HOF career when he saw (relative) ass-clowns hitting 60+ HR?
The last time I looked ex post facto
laws are forbidden by the Constitution. And now these poor, dumb bastards are being harrassed by perjury prosecutions. At least they, unlike Shoeless Joe, can afford it! And what are the "purists" going to do about the players who today routinely buy "Ted Williams' eyes" from their local LASIK surgeon?
TV or video doesn't count. In my fortunate life I saw in person
Koufax and Clemente: OMG!; they were transcendant, electric. They owned the ballpark.
And Spahn, Mays, Aaron, Musial, Gibson ... and, later, the "dopers": (Barry) Bonds, McGwire, Palmeiro, and Clemens, before and after their "crimes". If the latter four aren't HOF-ers, KMA!
Steroids may let you hit the ball farther
, but they don't
let you put the bat on the ball
more effectively. For a few years toward the end of his career Barry Bonds laid the bat on the ball better than anyone I ever saw.
I would attribute that far more to LASIK than steroids.
So, I glad Braun "beat it", too.
Maybe he, like me, suffers from "low T".
The young, comely Mrs. Metro isn't going to give me a "50 night suspension" because I rub "the clear" into my thighs after showering in the morning!
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