For you see, someone out there has painstakingly taken all those little incomplete, fractured thoughts and misgivings that I can’t quite properly express or factually back up on my own, that gnaw at me when my mind comes to rest on the thought of performance enhancing drugs in baseball. I have mentioned before that I’m “over it” as far as steroid/PED drama was concerned, and (I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this). Please check out the link I’m dropping at the end of this post (will also be permanently linked on the side of my blog), and maybe have your mind blown.
I will say that if your mind is so thoroughly made up against PEDs, rational thought may not be able to reach you. Disappointing, but it happens. Regardless of how deep your bias runs, I ask you this: Of all the anti-PED sentiment out there, what/who has actually backed up their rhetoric with anything more than hearsay and vague stories/claims/etc? Who has ever presented scientifically-tested data and the words of noted experts to back up their often vitriolic anti-PED stances?
This is one of the key problems I have always had with this subject. I just cannot seem to find more than, at best, anecdotal evidence to support the dangers of performance enhancers (in adults). And as far as the moral and ethical reasons I’ve heard for how PEDs damage the credibility of the game, I don’t really buy into them all that much. At the very least they are infinitely debatable, and it really ticks me off when writers and politicians and even common fans shout from their soapboxes like they have any kind moral highground here, when they can’t back it up with anything but a chorus of people saying the exact same thing, nobody providing a good reason for it. It’s just a vicious cycle of BS, and to me it all rings hollow. And that’s a real good way to turn me off of what your selling in a big way real fast.
So we find ourselves here today. I happened upon this great lil website that has taken it upon itself to look at all the reasons performance enhancing drugs are being taken to task, and thoughtfully break every last one of them down into the quivering mass of lies, misconception, ignorance, and logical fallacies that ultimately rest at the heart of each issue. And glory be, does it ever cite it’s sources, they really did their homework, quite ably discrediting the misconceptions and lies surrounding steroids and PEDs and their negative effect on baseball and a person’s physical wellbeing, not to mention giving some useful opinions from people who have the background to give said opinions real weight on the ethical quagmire that performance enhancers in sports create.
As an added bonus, it also nicely illustrates just how incredibly screwed up our society is. 🙂
So yeah, if you see me smiling a little more wryly than usual, I might be feeling a little validated right now.
With that all tediously (depending on where you fall on the issue and what you think of my writing) said, here’s the link: Steroids, Other “Drugs”, and Baseball
Note of caution, there is a TON of stuff to take in over there.
If you give it a fair shot (or even if you don’t), please let me know what you think. I most definitely want to hear what y’all have to say about this. Like I said, I was basically reading my own personal thoughts on the subject and getting the proof for my misgivings that I didn’t have within me to seek out on my own. Agree or disagree, let’s get some intelligent discourse going.
You’re not going crazy, chum. You’re going sane in a crazy world!