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Venting on the S-word

Ok, so I know it's been a while since the Mitchell report, but I've been holding this in for a while.  I really get pissed about this whole steriods issue and how fans react to it.  First off the same people who want to give Bonds or Clemens an asterik by their career numbers shrug their shoulders when talks of Shawne Merriman or however many of our hallowed Super Steeler teams in the 70s come up.  But still there are some who say "they're all probably cheaters, so screw the whole sport, I won't watch it any more"  Let's look at the entertainment industry as a whole: how many of our greatest music artist have taken or been on some form of illegal drug when they wrote or performed? Are we going to say Hendrix really wasn't that good of a performer because he was high or stop listening to the Beatles because they were tripping on acid when they wrote their songs?  I'm sure there are musicians that perform drunk, just like there are athletes that take over the counter supplements, both might affect their performance but are legal.  But fans of baseball really go to the games to see home runs, strike outs, and records broken, bottom line that is what sells to a majority of people who go to the game.  I'm not saying I'm one of them, but thats the reality.  Plus anyone who thinks taking steriods will make you hit home runs doesn't understand what it takes to perfectly hit a baseball.  And if theres players that took the juice to stay in the game longer, that's the choice they made out of the love for the game, even though it might shorten their lives considerably.  As for the record books, the only ones who really care about the records is the fans, and fans love to see them broken.  I strongly believe it isn't the fans who should be upset at any player who chose to take steriods, if anyone should, it should be the fellow major leaguers who didn't take them, they're the only ones who have a ligitimate reason for being mad.

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