Spring cannot be far away as pitchers and catchers reported today to the Phillies spring training camp. The Pirates begin spring training tomorrow. The Bucs have a new skipper in John Russell and, this time of year, hope springs eternal.
Congressional hearings yesterday showed the dark underbelly of the steroid era however. Roger Clemens, whom no one believes any longer, and his former trainer testified to Congress about drugs in baseball. This is a serious issue because of its effect on youth. Too many kids and teens began using steroids and human growth hormone because they saw their heroes doing it. The bad example set by Major League Baseball has affected too many young lives negatively and needs to be addressed.
Instead of concentrating on the new season we are focused on the misdeeds of the past. This is baseball's fault because they failed to police their own and insure no one was breaking the law in their greed for more fans and money. The blame rests with all because it has had a very bad effect on youth. This is the difference between the baseball cheating and football's cheating. Bill Belichick's Super Bowl wins will be forever questioned because he cheated but nothing he did hurt kids.