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Thursday, February 26, 2004

Staring at Steroids

From the Toronto Star:
"If you're a baseball purist like me," David Letterman once said, "you know the season doesn't really begin until Jose Canseco gets arrested."
Canseco's off-field performance bothers me, but that's not what I'm here to talk about today. It's his use of steroids. Today's Contra Costa Times called it "a nasty business", but I keep asking myself -- and the surrounding world -- what, specifically, is so nasty about it? In a universe where "everybody's doing it", players have a jones to keep up with the Joneses, or the Bonds, or the Cansecos. Steroids are the ticket to better performance. Baseball has had a long history of not caring. Nobody's dying from the stuff. The onus is on the people decrying steroids for their awfulness to make their case in a grownup manner, and not with transparent and lame "just say no to drugs" homilies.

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