Originally Posted by RedFanAlways1966
Okay... Jose single-handily introduced and eliminated steroids according to Cowherd. Did Jose run faster than speeding trains and leap tall buildings too?
These comments by Cowherd are not too smart IMO. I equate the above to saying it is okay that a murderer killed someone as long as he paid for the funeral and helped get youngsters to stop violent ways after the fact. Who cares about the damage done or created, as long as you did "right" in the end.
I highly-highly doubt that Jose introduced steroids to the game. Sounds like comments from a talk-piece who is trying to get people fired up (imagine that). I absolutely-positively guarantee that Jose DID NOT introduce weight-lifting to MLB as Cowherd says. That comment is not true.
Perhaps Pete Rose brought about more awareness of athletes and gambling. That is the very small bit of good that might come from a bad thing. Does not mean that the "instigator" of the bad thing deserves any sort of credit at all. NONE. BTW... did Jose make bucks on his tell-all book? Sounds like someone else who would only "come clean" if he'd make a buck doing it. Sad and pathetic human behavior. Not worthy of any award!
I did mention i was paraphrasing.
I have no doubt whatsoever that Canseco was a MAJOR factor in making steroids popular. Every team he's played on has an aura of suspicion floating around over them, and nearly every teammate he had has that same cloud. Giambi, Palmeiro, Mac. All their numbers tainted by suspicion.
But had he not written that book, we aren't having this discussion right now. Congress does not intervene, and MLB does not enact the toughest drug penalties in their history. Maybe some of this happens eventually, but certainly not now or in the forseeable future. Bud finally had some leverage against the toughest labor union in professional sports, but it took an Act of Congress and a book to get it.