A-Rod admitted that he used steroids while he was a member of the Texas Rangers and it’s rocked the baseball world like a hurricane. As for me, I’m OK with it. It doesn’t bother me in the least bit that he or any other player (Barry Bonds included) has used steroids. Call me crazy, but I really have come to a conclusion that it’s not that big of a deal for me to hear it for a few reasons.
First, I fail to care because athletes are not my heroes. I have long since gotten over the idea of putting an athlete or a celebrity on a pedestal simply because they’re “famous”. When we’re kids, we idolize these guys and hold them to this higher standard that they ultimately can only fail to live up to. Growing up, my sports heroes were Barry Sanders, Kirby Puckett, and Lawrence Taylor. I loved to watch them do the things they did on the field and loved to collect their baseball / football cars. They were my idols. Slowly I watched each one fail to live up to the standards I set for them as idols. I watched LT get busted for drug use and Barry Sanders father a child outside of marriage. I watched Kirby Puckett be accused of sexual assault and eventually pass away a forgotten man. I’ve learned that these guys, like me, are human. They fall into temptation and the cultural pressures to live up to the hype and as a result, use these PED’s.
Second, I fail to care because steroid use and other PED use is going to be around for ever and has been around for as long as anyone can remember. Though out history people are always trying to get an edge, whether it be sports related or not. Before we go busting on guys for doing these drugs, ask yourself if you’re just as guilty. How many of us have downed that extra cup of coffee after a long night to focus on the task at hand? How many, if given the opportunity at work to make multi-millions by taking a pill, would not at least consider it, especially if we never were going to get caught? People are always going to seek out ways to get an advantage over the competition and baseball is no exception. Does it make it right? No, legally what Alex Rodriguez did was wrong, but it’s awfully hard to slam the hammer down on him when I’ve never been in that position.
Third, I fail to care because I understand that sports are not that important in the grand scheme of things. Over the past year or so I’ve seen multiple people around me battle things like brain tumors and pancreatic cancer. I see people without a job and struggling to get out of debt. Those are the important things in life. I didn’t think I’d ever get to a point where I could say that sports are not one of the more important facets in my life, but it’s happened. I would urge you to not go crazy over A-Rod and instead go crazy for your family. Go crazy for your faith. Go crazy for the important things in life, and A-Rod is not it.
I’m in no way saying that what A-Rod did was right. I’m not going to condone his actions. What I will do is not dwell on it and definitely not make it more than it is, another news story. What were your thoughts on this story? Does it bother you? Does it make you want to stop watching baseball or sports in general? Let’s discuss!!!