Re: Bonds bombshell: Book details slugger's steroid use
Without getting too deep into the chemistry of it, I just don't put greenies on the same shelf with steroids. I think amphetamines of that ilk should be banned -- but not because they're a performance enhancer in the sense that steroids are. It's because high-power amphetamines are easily abused and as such are a health risk.
When you get right down to it, the effects of a greenie can be duplicated with perfectly legal substances. I could drink a 12-pack of Coke or chug a couple of Red Bulls and be as alert as all get-out. But no matter how awake and alert and energized I am, my baseline level of performance hasn't changed. The edge I get is about being at my best that day; it does not change what my best is. Is it really that different from a guy who gobbles Advils so he can play without pain?
But steroids are all about changing the baseline, upgrading your best to better.
To repeat, I'm perfectly OK with banning substances that are true performance enhancers, or health hazards, or subject to abuse. But that doesn't put them all on the same plane in my mind. We live in a pharmaceutical age, and the lines aren't always clear.
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