Originally Posted by 757690
Firt, most of the guys you mentioned have not been linked to PED's except by speculation. None of them have failed a publicly released drug test. There is no hard evidence proving that they used PED's. McGwire and Giambi confessed, but the others deny using to this day. All we have on these other guys is speculation.
Speculation can be convincing. It's not a dirty term that means untrustworthy.
If you enter a room to find me with a bat in my hand, standing over a broken lamp, it would be valid for you to speculate that I broke the lamp with the bat. It is the most logical conclusion from the scant evidence you have.
I may or may not have broken the lamp with the bat, but that is irrelevant. What's relevant is that you can speculate that I did, and no one would criticize you for it. You don't know if I did, but you have every right to speculate that I did.
There is nothing wrong with speculation based on evidence.
When congress calls you in to testify, there is a link. I didn't see Derek Jeter called in. Or Ken Griffey Jr. Or Albert Belle. Or Frank Thomas. Why? Because there was no link. The others were called in because there was some sort of link and it wasn't "oh man, he hit a lot of home runs" or "oh man, he got bigger quickly".
The difference with your lamp analogy is that well, you saw me next to the broken lamp with the bat. You never saw a lot of those guys near steroids with a needle. In your scenario, you saw them with a bat somewhere and thought, man, a bat could certainly break my lamp. STEROID USERS!