I suppose I ought to comment on the A-Roid scandle — everybody else is! 🙂
I was disappointed to hear about A-Rod testing positive during a test in 2003; I’d hoped that he could have remained clean and surpassed Aaron’s record without any hint of juicing, but that’s out of the question now.
Here’s the thing that bothers me most about this whole thing: he (along with 103 other players) tested positive in an anonymous test in 2003. The test was designed to see how big the steroid problem was in MLB; it was a successful test — 95% of the players tested negative, but the positive number was large enough that strict penalties were put into place in 2004.
The test results were supposed to be destroyed immediately, but our government (with nothing better to do, apparently) confiscated the records. MLB has fought to regain them but has failed in the courts (*shock surprise!*)
Out of 104 players, A-Rod’s was the only results leaked; perhaps not coincidentally, the reporter breaking the story has a book coming out about A-Rod later this year. Hmmmm, do I smell a rat?
Should the remaining 103 player’s names be released? On one hand, yes — it isn’t fair to A-Rod. However, I believe that the remaining 103 names shouldn’t be released; 2 wrongs (or 104 wrongs in this case) don’t make it right.
MLB has had a decent drug policy in place since 2004; that has gotten lost in the recent media blitz. Should all players be randomly tested throughout the year? Perhaps; that would help close the book on the so-called “steroid era”.
What do I hope happens as a result of all this? I hope we can move on and get back to baseball, and watch as the Yankees capture our 27th World Series! 🙂