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STEROIDS - Let's Continue to Beat this Dead Horse!
By: Phil Sottile

Steroids -Let's Continue To Beat This Dead Horse!

Anyone else looking to beat this horse???

Still on the steroids debate. Still… on… the… steroids… debate. They’re ILLEGAL!!!!!! Doesn’t anyone understand this fact! ILLEGAL! As in, jail time, fines, suspensions, community service, ILLEGAL. Not allowable! So why is Major League Baseball going around and around with this subject STILL!?! Rafael Palmeiro tested positive for use and the debate about the record books came up…again! Quoted in the article I recently read was Gaylord Perry who threw baseballs with Vaseline on them back in the early 60’s through 80’s and Norm Cash who admittedly corked his bat back in 1961 to hit .361, 41 HR’s, and 132 RBI’s. Now let’s see, last time I checked the laws of my local county, state, and federal municipalities, NO WHERE did it say I could go to jail or be brought up on charges for sticking cork inside of a bat or putting Vaseline on any set of bat or balls that I own….(we’ll leave this comment open for our amusement.)

Recently, the committee chairperson of the Society for American Baseball Research was quoted as saying, “We’re not moralists”. However, do you not hold some level of moral obligation to saying that an ILLEGAL act that directly and actually affects the outcomes of these games does not cross the line? Not even a little? What about throwing a game by betting on the outcome? Remember the memorable days of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. What if that had been, statistically speaking, the greatest game ever played? What if it was a no-hitter or was known as the game with the most runs scored? Could anyone in good conscience leave this game in the record books as the benchmark to beat? Could any of the athletes today possibly stomach the idea of playing the all time greatest game without cheating and be second to a thrown game? Would the thrown game be the rightful owner of “The Greatest Game Ever Played”?

Here’s a question to begin arguing about? Mark McGuire. How does a Big Mac with a side order of Lies sound to you? To Congress and in front of almighty God himself, Mr. Mc chose not to “…speak about the past”. Why? Does it have anything to do with your steroid use to claim, at that time, the all time Home-Run record? Is the use of an ILLEGAL substance enough to cross the line into an area of morality? Maybe the committee would take a little time to ponder ‘that’ consideration.

Yes, it’s only baseball. But, it is the backbone of an American tradition. Maybe we should say that lemon meringue is more American then Grandma’s Apple. Maybe Orange, White, and Blue would look better on the Flag. Maybe SuperBowl Sunday is just ‘any ol’ Sunday’. Whatever. The bottom line is this. Our life is governed by our weighing the differences between what is right and wrong, good or bad, left or right. Perhaps Baseball can take a look at itself and say that if you’re: 1.) A cheater 2.) A liar or 3.) Decide to use an ILLEGAL substance like a steroid to benefit your name amongst the many who tried their damndest to become a true marker of the records, you DO NOT belong in the book of records. The only book we’ll make sure to remember you in will be the one with the fingerprints.

Did I mention that steroids were ILLEGAL???

Phil Sottile, the director and owner of Intelligent Fitness/Athlete’s Edge, has 15 years of experience in the health club industry having pioneered two previous fitness companies (one taken to IPO) and owned his own fitness centers. He has co-hosted his own broadcast of INTELLIGENT FITNESS on 105.3FM and 540AM Radio, has appeared on NEWS12 LONG ISLAND as “Personal Trainer to Long Island’s Kids” and has been reported on by several local magazines, newspapers, and bodybuilding periodicals. Additionally, he is a drug-free bodybuilding competitor and at 29, was the youngest Promoter of two popularly growing bodybuilding shows, The INBF Natural Long Island Experience and All Natural Revolution.


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