A-Rod on steroids

That baseball’s best player took steroids should lead to punishment for all steroid abusers.

The highest paid player in baseball admitted to ESPNâÄôs Peter Gammons Monday that he succumbed to the pressure of the job in 2001, injecting himself with HGH and Primobolan. Now, the MLBâÄôs happily inflated statistical bubble has been bursting for years, with congressional hearings, Mitchell reports and José Canseco tell-alls vilifying everyone from the obvious-in-hindsight Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens to the âÄúwhoâÄôs that again?âÄù likes of Mark Carreon and Jason Grimsley. But this was A-Rod. HeâÄôs the gameâÄôs shining light âÄî or lightning rod, depending on which media market to which you subscribe. A week ago, Alex Rodriguez was penned in as the man to take down the ill-gotten, asterisk-heavy home run record set by Barry Bonds. ThatâÄôs all over now. From 2001 to 2003, A-Rod had the second most homeruns in the league with 156. Number one? Barry Bonds, with 164. At the time, it was a laudable achievement from two of the gameâÄôs stars. No más. The shock of having a player who most believed to be clean admit heâÄôs not is sobering for the baseball community. The witch hunt is on again, refueled by the SI report. But the game needs to move past clandestine finger pointing. Locked away under a California court-ordered seal are 103 more names of players who tested positive in the 2003 survey. Will they see the light of day? Probably not. The playerâÄôs union used the survey as a way to find out if random drug testing was needed for the 2004 season and the results were never supposed to get out. But should it? Yes. The only way for baseball to heal itself in this he-said, she-said steroid madhouse is with concrete evidence. Some big names may go down in the process, but donâÄôt make A-Rod the only one. For commissioner Bud Selig to justify his $18.5 million salary without taking a harder line on the gameâÄôs drug problem is unacceptable. The players union will never do it, but if they love and respect the game the way the fans do, we hope they at least think about punishing steroid cheats. This editorial, accessed via UWire, was originally published in the Rocky Mountain Collegian at Colorado State University. Please send comments to [email protected]