Baseball and Steroids
Ken Caminiti whines, "My body's not producing testosterone. You know what that's like? You get lethargic. You get depressed. It's terrible." Yeah, Ken, I know what it's like. My body doesn't produce testosterone either—not because of substance abuse but from a battle with testicular cancer. So far it's been 12 weeks of chemotherapy, two abdominal surgeries (one of which lasted six hours), countless scans and tests, and that doesn't include what my family went through. It's because of people like Caminiti and the other "users" in the article that people like me have to go through so much red tape to obtain legal medications. He's a crybaby who chose to cheat and in the process abused his body to the point of breakdown, and yet he still thinks he did nothing wrong. My condition was by chance, his was by choice.
Since it is illegal for baseball players to buy and use steroids in the U.S., forget about the players' union and the owners. Let the police take the action needed to clean up the game.
A year and a half ago my family was devastated when my father passed away at 52 from a heart attack brought on by prolonged steroid use. He was a competitive powerlifter from the late 1970s to the early '90s. The baseball players in your article say they need to take the chance of using steroids because higher salaries will result from fans paying to see the long ball. My question to these athletes is, Should your families have to pay the price for your selfishness and greed?
I have three words for all those baseball players who continue to deny the rampant use of steroids: Take a test.
?For more reactions to our story on steroid use in baseball, see SCORECARD.—ED.
Tellem judges a man by how he gets along with his children. I judge a man who is rich and powerful by how he treats a waitress who accidentally spills a drink on him. By this standard Tellem doesn't rate too highly.
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