Surviving the World

A Photocomic Education by Dante Shepherd

Lesson #248 - Steroids

Look, we're not stupid - just because our hats normally have a Boston B on them doesn't mean we don't suspect several Red Sox from having doped (besides Nomar, we're looking at you, Trotman). So let's get that out of the way to begin with.

There are a lot of people responsible for the seemingly endless list of players who have used steroids in baseball - obviously, starting with the players themselves, and the players' union that likely pushed them to do it to keep salaries rocketing skyward. The idea that owners didn't know what was going on in their own clubhouse is absurd, too. And since Bud Selig claims he never heard any rumor of steroid use before 1998 - or even at all in the '90's - despite fans having chanted 'steroids' at Canseco back in 1988 during the playoffs. So there's a lot of blame to go around.

But the present day outrage by sportswriters? Seriously, you're the biggest hypocrites of all. You're demanding apologies left and right from all the players, owners, and Selig, writing column after column about the disbeliefand disappointment you have in the game, and how you can't believe how far baseball has fallen - but YOU WERE THERE. In the clubhouses, interracting directly with all the players. You're telling us you didn't know? What a load of crap. None of you wanted to destroy the relationships you had with the players, so none of you decided it would be worth writing about. Don't be all sanctimonious in your current attitude towards the players and everyone else when you should either be writing apology after apology or just quit for doing your job so poorly for so many years.

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