Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
I agree. These sportswriters didn't have a problem with steroids at the time when they were writing widely-read articles that glorified these PED abusers during the height of the steroid era. The writers made a lot of money singing the praises of the cheaters back then, now they want to make more money by vilifying those same players now.
The sportswriters should have exposed the scandal 15 years ago, but they chose to ride the wave of baseball's resurgence after the lock-outs and strikes had the game in the doldrums. All the people who are now decrying the use of performance enhancing drugs are the same people that benefited from the cheating. The Commissioner, the Hall of Fame, the owners, the media, the managers and the players (and even many fans) all knew about the cheating while it was going on and did nothing about it because they were all indirectly benefiting from it too. Now they all pretend to be outraged.
The cheating players got away with it because they were permitted to get away with it by the watchkeepers turning a blind eye. Steroids fueled a gravy train that fed a lot of hungry mouths. Now some of those mouths are speaking out in a holier-than-thou fashion and acting as if they themselves weren't complicit in the perpetration of the crimes they now decry.
Well said. Exactly how I feel.
I still remember the summer of 1998 when the front page of the sports section of the Enquirer had daily updates of Sosa and McGwire (and for a while, Griffey)'s respective home run totals. It was one of the most widely covered sporting events that I can remember off hand.
Now that the Scrooge McDuck vaults are full enough to swim through, the sportswriters are up in arms about the disrespect to the game.
There is absolutely no way that people knew so little in 1998 that there were no accusations, and then after these players retire the evidence becomes so overwhelming that these players humongous black spots on their records that may keep some of the most dominant players ever to play the sport out of the hall of fame.