Lack of Steroids Creates New Heroes, Role Models

Zach Piatt

Sports Editor

Steroids in sports have been a big problem for a while now, and I’m tired of the situation. I don’t understand why athletes use performance enhancing drugs when the consequences are so substantial.

Baseball has been the sport in which it seems the most players have been caught juicing. That’s disappointing to me because baseball is my favorite sport and I look up to some of these players. When I find out they cheated it hits me hard and makes me wonder why I even considered them as role models.

Sammy Sosa is a perfect example. I’m a big Cubs fan, and when I found out he used steroids and corked his bat, I lost a lot of respect for him.

There are plenty of great athletes who have expressed their disapproval of steroids as well.

“I played with 11 Hall of Famers and played against 52 Hall of Famers, and I don’t know any of them linked to steroids,” says Pete Rose, baseball’s all-time hits leader. “There are other ways to make your head and muscles bigger than just steroids.”

Barry Bands, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens all have Hall of Fame stat lines, but none are in the Hall of Fame. This is all because of one reason only: they cheated. Bonds has the most home runs in major league history with Sosa and McGwire in the eight and 10 spots respectively. Clemens is third on baseball’s all time strikeouts list, and in the top 10 in wins. These numbers are inflated, and that’s the main reason they aren’t getting into the Hall.

“The strongest thing I put into my body is steak and eggs,” says Jim Thome. “I’m not a supplement guy. Steroids aren’t even a thought.”

Thome is a player I have a lot of respect for. He’s seventh all time in home runs and is one of only six in the top 10 who didn’t use steroids. The other four shouldn’t be allowed on the list, moving Thome up to number five.

Alex Rodriguez is currently fifth, and in my opinion shouldn’t be returning to baseball next year. I believe plenty of players who juiced such as Ryan Braun, Melky Cabrera and Nelson Cruz don’t deserve to play the game anymore. You had your chance, you decided to cheat, you got a suspension. That’s not enough! That’s not going to influence other players not to juice. It tells them I can get caught and keep playing.

“When I think of steroids I think of an image,” says boxing great Evander Holyfield. “You have the advantage over someone, which is a form of cheating. I guess it wouldn’t be right unless it was legal for everybody.”

Preach it Holyfield! If you use steroids, you gain a huge advantage over your opponent. You cheated them out of everything they’ve worked for. Whether it was an out, a hit, or even a spot on the team, it’s wrong. Just remember they worked longer and harder than you, and you don’t deserve to be on the same level as them.

More aggressive action needs to take place regarding punishments for taking steroids. Ryan Braun can’t win MVP and THEN get suspended. Melky Cabrera can’t win the batting title and THEN get suspended. Nelson Cruz can’t get suspended and be allowed to come back and lead the league in homers. A-Rod can’t return to baseball after years of denial.

I’m very glad to see so many young players dominating  on the field and setting a good example. They don’t use steroids and they’re the best in the biz. They are the real role models.

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