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Better East Texas: Baseball Steroids

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By Pat Stacey

I remember going to Arlington Stadium as a young baseball fan in the early 70's as the upstart Texas Rangers would take the field. One thing that stands out to me, besides the consummate losing record of the Rangers, is that the players looked human, they were built like regular guys and so were the Yankees and the Red Sox. Jim Sundberg and Jeff Burroughs could probably blend in with a crowd. Fast forward 20 years and compare the physical build of the players and it is obvious something strange has entered the picture. Actually it was steroids that entered the bloodstream. With Roger Clemens' acquittal recently perhaps the steroid era has come to an end. For the game of baseball's sake, I truly hope so. Steroids are cheating and it is sad to see how many of baseball's records fell most likely because of steroid use. Names like Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Raphael Palmeiro, the list goes on, were all great players that became monsters. It's a lesson for all of us because there are opportunities to cheat in just about every profession and it not only hurt individuals, it hurts the profession when selfish people skirt the rules. Roger Clemens is free legally but he and his performance statistics will always have an asterisk in my mind as will all of those other players. I hope the young players of today take note that of this time in sports history and learn from it and never repeat these same mistakes. It will add some luster back to baseball and make for a Better East Texas.

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