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  1. May 25, 2009 at 9:45 am |

    Did Steroids Make Baseball Better?…

    Remember, baseball was coming off a strike and we all fell back in love with it because of all the dingers being hit and records being broken. Right?

    Or was it a temporary glitch and now baseball is returning to its roots and becoming a better game to…

  2. jason007thomas
    May 25, 2009 at 12:25 pm | | Reply

    I’m not ready to say it made the sport better but i think it definatley caried it out of a slump and made it more relevent to none baseball fans. ( you gotta admit) Even the negetive steroid press made it increasingly more press obsorbing.

    1. kayyyyyyyyyyyyyy
      March 30, 2010 at 10:24 am | | Reply

      no i dont admit. its stupid and honestly a waist of time and money for the athlets as well as the people that are making the steriods.

  3. May 29, 2009 at 1:39 pm | | Reply

    some nice banter back and forth here.. as far as the steroids thing, no, it didn’t make the game better it made it more buzz worthy for the pink hats of the world, with all the dingers..

    As far as the Pats cameragate– I can’t lie. It bothered me. I hate cheating so much in sports and just wished the Pats hadn’t done it, but the fact is most teams do it. Jimmy Johnson was the funniest when he said he used to send up interns into the coordinators box (visiting team) at Texas stadium to steal any left over playbook material that they might’ve left up there.

    1. May 29, 2009 at 5:39 pm | | Reply

      Exactly Chuck, that’s why I say “spygate” wasn’t cheating. Every team does it, the league just frowns upon it. Collectively, all teams understand it gets done, that’s why they change their signs and signals every game, half, quarter, set of downs.

  4. May 31, 2009 at 1:04 pm | | Reply

    Thinking about this from another angle; baseball is just a profitable game. So what difference does it make what players do to their bodies? If people knew exactly what went on in locker rooms & doctor’s offices & etc, would they suddenly stop going to watch baseball games? Or stop buying team merchandise? And if yes, would the players care enough about the loss of revenue (which pays their salaries) to scale back on the use of chemical advantage? Or are they playing for themselves, for the feeling of winning, and pushing themselves beyond their own limits?

    Personally, I enjoy the excitement of watching a competition unfold — everything else is just noise. As far as racking up home runs, it seems to me that lower scoring games are more exciting. Not being able to predict who will win keeps everyone (players, fans) emotionally involved and focused on the game until the very last.

    Lastly, I really enjoy this blog, and this is a great question! So I hope my comments are not too misguided.

    1. June 1, 2009 at 9:32 am | | Reply

      I don’t think it would result in people not watching the game Kay, but playing baseball for a number of my younger years as well, I think the whole cheating with steroids thing is absolutely disgusting. When I played the game, I played to win and I played because I loved to, not to have the highest amount of home runs in the league.

      I understand some of the people who use PED’s are doing it to win, but if you can’t rely on your own play to begin with, maybe they shouldn’t have been playing at that level.

      And you are 100% spot on with the fact that the closer games are better than the blowouts that could confuse a viewer for the score of a football game. I’d much rather watch a game coming down to the wire where both teams are pushing with all they’ve got to come out on top.

      Thanks alot Kay, glad you gave your opinion, you have great points of view when you comment!

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  6. kayyyyyyyyyyyyyy
    March 30, 2010 at 10:19 am | | Reply

    i voted no as well becuase we should not put hte players danger in health just for our intertainment

    1. kayyyyyyyyyyyyyy
      March 30, 2010 at 10:20 am | | Reply

      i ment no becuase you should not put the players health in danger just so that we can have an intersting time watching them have a more “beast” game

  7. kayyyyyyyyyyyyyy
    March 30, 2010 at 10:26 am | | Reply

    please post your full opinion over all on what your thoughts of steriods are. I would love to reade them. 🙂

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