ARTICLE OF THE DAY
by Josh Spence
For some time steroids
have been a popular topic in the media and among those who talk
baseball. Over the last several years and even into the start of
the 2005 MLB season, the steroid epidemic has been the biggest
story. Who, why, and will it ruin their celebrity image and hall
of fame career? Recently the talk has somewhat subsided.
Major League Baseball installed a new "tougher" substance abuse
policy. In addition, Barry Bonds, one who was constantly hounded
with steroid allegations, is out nursing an injury. Jason Giambi,
another who has been in the headlines for steroid use, has silenced
critics with an incredible month of July. Along with other
circumstantial factors, the new steroid policy had done exactly what
the MLB hoped it would. Smooth-over the steroid issue, and clean
up the game. With several players suspended in the first few
weeks of the new policy the plan seemed to be working. However,
they had yet to nail a "big name" player, until now.
Rafael Palmeiro recently cemented his legacy has one of baseball's
greats and guaranteed himself a spot in the Hall of Fame. Or did
he? By collecting more than 3,000 hits and 500 home runs in his
career, Palmeiro joined the ranks of Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Eddie
Murphy as the only players to do so. It's a shame that he will
probably be remembered for something else. On August 1st, 2005
Rafael Palmeiro earned a new title that he will carry for the rest of
his life, "first big name to test positive."
Already the questions have begun: should he be allowed in the hall,
should his records count? To make it worse, Palmeiro was among a
group that spoke to a congressional committee inquiring about steroids
in March. In his interview Rafael emphatically denied ever using
steroids. Even as recently as July 7th, Palmeiro was part of a
roundtable discussion to rid sports of steroids, along with officials
from the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB.
One of the happiest people in the country has to be Jose Canseco.
In his tell all book "Juiced", Canseco claims Palmeiro was a steroid
user. Canseco even admitted to injecting Palmeiro with steroids
when they were both members of the Texas Rangers. Do the recent
suspension give more credibility to his comments? The image that
Rafael Palmeiro spent years constructing was likely destroyed by his
recent suspension. A man who once appeared to be headed for the
Hall of Fame will now be known as a cheater. Although Palmeiro
denies intentional steroid use, it will be hard to shake the image that
will follow him. To athletes at every level: steroids are
illegal, they are dangerous, and above that, using them is
cheating. Nobody likes a cheater: learn the lesson, or become the
next story. Oh, and about the steroid talk, it's back.