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The Proof is in the Pudding

Barry Bonds knees are shot. Jason Giambi stinks. Home run output from major league baseball players is down this season as a whole. Coincidence? I think not. Answer? Steroids.When are people going to say Jason Giambi can no longer hit home runs because he is not taking steroids. Giambi was hitting home runs at a monstrous pace up until the beginning of last season. At that point, Giambi showed up to spring training a little lighter than usual and appeared less bulkier than past seasons. I’m from New York and the New York papers then asked Giambi why he looked like he lost weight. He said, “I’ve stopped eating fast food.” Well as far as we know Fast Food is brand name for a type of steroid he was using because staring last season Giambi’s production fell off the map. This year, he has stunk up every stadium the Yankees have played in, including his home park with the short porch in right field. Opening night of the baseball season when the Red Sox played the Yankees in Yankee Stadium, the majority of New York fans gave Giambi a standing ovation when he stepped into the batters box. Why? If I was there, I would have not even come close to hitting my hands together and cheering him. I think I would boo.

When are people going to open their eyes and realize Barry Bonds grew exponentially since he played for the Pirates early in his career. And no, it’s not natural growth over an athlete’s career. If that was the case every old player would be huge and that is clearly not true. Is it only a coincidence that he’s starting to break down this year and not in past years? No, it’s not. This year, he can no longer take the supplements he has been. The result was bad knees, for which he needed surgery. The recent news that Bonds will sit out the season because of an infection from surgery is a result of these knees. And the bad knees are a result of him not taking steroids anymore.

I know there has been no “proof” of any steroid use by the superstars of baseball. But there have been positive tests from major leaguers — the most widely known Minnesota’s Juan Rincon. A greater number of minor leaguers have tested positive for steroids. The names have been people we’ve never heard of. A surprising number have been pitchers. But none have been the “Chicks dig the long ball” guys. No Bonds, Giambi, Sosa. If these guys get caught their careers will be over. These are public figures who have built their legacies on hitting home runs. If it comes out that those dingers were juiced up, the public will crucify them. Mark McGwire, a once probably first-ballot Hall of Famer, was run into the ground by himself and Congress when he essentially said “No Comment” on his past use of supplements while testifying before a congressional committee in March. Big Mac legacy is tarnished.

No current player can risk testing positive for steroids. Hopefully, the use of these illegal drugs has stopped. Hopefully, we can realize the correlations between when the juicing stopped and when the home run numbers went down.

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