If Alex Rodriguez hit a home run off Roger Clemens, and both were taking steroids, who had the advantage? And if Clemens struck out A-Rod, then what?
I don't know how to begin sussing out the news that A-Rod can now be called A-Roid. It is now apparent that, 'round about 2003, as many as 7% of major leaguers tested positive for steroids. Some were players who were hoping to hang on in a ruthless sport where even the slightest slip would send you away, never to return. But it is also clear that some supremely talented players were more Faust than Topps. The picture I've posted is A-Rod when he played for the Appleton Foxes back at the very beginning of his career. He was a big dude even then.
So how do you deal with this? There has been a great show of moral vanity regarding Mark McGwire, who is strongly suspected of being a steroid user. It is worth remembering that Cooperstown is already well-represented with reprobates, with Ty Cobb at the top of the list. It is a matter of public record that Babe Ruth used a corked bat. Do we kick him out of Cooperstown?
I really don't know what to think any more. What do you think?