Originally Posted by IslandRed
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?
It's going to be interesting what players replace greenies with. I'm guessing the sales of Red Bull and other such drinks are going to skyrocket amongst MLB teams.
I'm no expert on the effect of amphetimines but the difference between those and coffee or Coke or Red Bull is that the latter all are highly caffinated. One of the effects of caffiene is that you have to pee a lot. You're standing out in the field and all of a sudden you gotta go. If you're on the bench and not due up, it's no big deal but if you're on the basepaths or in the field it could be rather uncomfortable after a while. I don't know, maybe it'll make them hustle a little more.