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JBL on the Pathetic Hypocrisy of MLB
Author: John Layfield
How hypocritical is Major League Baseball?
Let me state first that I am 100% against all drugs and performance enhancing drugs in sports.
However, why does baseball not allow Barry Bonds in the Hall of Fame? If a pro athlete had the option of taking something that was legal and not against the rules why would he not take it? And how can you look back years later and give someone a speeding ticket for driving 35 mph in a speed zone that was 35 mph for years and has now been changed to 25 mph?
Let me state again, I think ALL PEDs should be banned, I even think pain pills should be banned. But baseball didn’t think this in the 1990s, in fact just the opposite.
Don’t tell me that it was the unions or the players, I don’t buy it. It was baseball.
That ridiculous early 1990s strike almost ruined baseball and fans wanted no part of it and along comes Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire and stadiums start filling up, McGwire was filling the stands for BATTING PRACTICE. Baseball loved these guys, they were saving the game.
I remember being on a WWE Disney Cruise in the Bahamas and finding a TV just to watch McGwire break the homerun record, America was in love with baseball again and MLB loved these guys.
You can’t blame players for playing within the rules. The NFL had banned PEDs years before, baseball did not. The problem was the rules were wrong and that is not the fault of the players but instead it is the fault of baseball.
I hate the ‘integrity of the game’ comment, what a hypocritical bunch of buffoons make that claim. Integrity that Babe Ruth is considered this great homerun hitter when he never had to play a major league game against a black baseball player-I take nothing away from the Bambino, I’m a HUGE fan, for the Babe because it is not his fault-it is baseball’s.
Babe Ruth never had to bat against Satchel Paige in the big leagues and pitchers in the all white leagues never had to pitch against Josh Gibson. Again, not the players fault-the system was to blame.
There were players in the 70s and 80s you could barely keep from snorting up the first base line. Uppers were everywhere, according to those who played, during the ‘dog days of August’.
I love baseball. I just don’t like the hypocrisy of a sport making money, turning a blind eye and then vilifying the very guys that saved the game.
Back to Barry Bonds-if he took legal steroids (and he could have gotten them from a doctor) and he broke no rules of baseball why make him the scapegoat?
Perjury is a different issue, don’t know the case but also don’t know why so much government money was used to go after a retired baseball player.
Babe Ruth lived on hot dogs, beer and lovely baseball ladies in an era with a different baseball and different bats. These guys today have trainers, the best equipment-but I’m sure the baseball ‘rats’ are still good looking, some things can’t change.
How about Congress? Paraded a bunch of baseball players up to DC for a true ‘dog and pony’ show. Aren’t these the same morons with a 9% approval rating that can’t balance a budget and care nothing about the country except getting elected?
Get off your freaking high horse with these guys and acknowledge that they played within the rules-don’t change the rules and then go back in time and write them a speeding ticket based on new rules.
THE RULES WERE WRONG, but this isn’t the players fault-it’s MLB’s fault and they are too blame.
WWE was also testing during this time, I know as I was part of WWE during this time. The NFL was testing-MLB had the option and didn't do it. You can't blame the players for this, you have to blame the system. Again, so never to be taken wrong-I am 100% against all PEDs and glad to be part of an organization like WWE that both tests for drugs and has a huge wellness program.
Novak Djokovic sleeps in a hyperbaric chamber during tennis tournaments, same thing as blood doping-it’s 100% legal, but what if it is outlawed in the next few years, do you go back and take his majors and wins away from him?
I’m glad the steroid era is over, I hope all PEDs are tested for and remain banned. However, the thing I hate most is hypocrites and MLB to me is the biggest in the world.
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