4:36 PM CDT, June 5, 2013
On Wednesday, another performance-enhancing drugs bombshell landed on Major League Baseball. Potential suspensions loom for stars such as Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and Nelson Cruz.
THIS ROUND: Do you still care about whether players use PEDs?
Kate Bernot, @kbernot
Baseball, probably more so than any other sport, is about history. Baseball fans revere statistics, records and legends with near-religious devotion, and current players inspire the same awe that past greats did. Without a level playing field, these comparisons are a sham. Rules exist for a reason, and allowing some players an unfair upper hand through performance-enhancing drugs corrupts fans' trust and enthusiasm for the game. Do I sound old-fashioned? Maybe. But in a world of wooden bats and Cracker Jacks, I'm in good company.
Baseball, like any sport, is an avenue where our children learn the value of teamwork, dedication and repetition. Continuously turning a blind eye to players knowingly breaking the rules sends the wrong message to our youth. Those who just say, "legalize PEDs"? Brilliant! Let's just tell our kids that shooting yourself up with substances that will destroy your body, reduce your capacity to procreate or even kill you is the way to go as long as it helps you to be the best.
Matt Lindner (@mattlindner)
Sports are not life and death. They are another form of entertainment in which we invest ourselves to forget that the world is an awful place. Athletes are some of the most insanely competitive individuals on the planet. While we'd like to believe our athletic heroes are morally and ethically pure, spend enough time around them and you'll realize that's not the case. The reality is there's no way to know who is cheating and who isn't because cheaters are going to figure out ways around the system. Relax and take sports for what they are—a game.
Julie DiCaro (@juliedicaro)
Look, I want to see Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez kicked out of baseball (for general douchebaggery) more than anyone. But I don't want it at the cost of progress or in violation of hard-fought collective bargaining agreements. There have been drugs in baseball for a long time and there will be drugs in baseball for decades to come. While it's nice that baseball has decided to get serious about PEDs, relying on the word of a sleazy drug dealer in a targeted witch hunt is the wrong way to go about it.
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