Yesterday George Mitchell released his report on steroids in baseball. He listed a bunch of player names, but only had two basic sources that he got them from. As much as the list pains me to see, the fact that so many others could be guilty as well hurts as well. Some of these guys were just plain stupid. They either created a paper trail by buying online, or by writing a check. Come on. You are worth millions. Can’t you find a discrete way to buy you drugs? I don’t see the local drug dealer on the corner taking checks or selling online. Anyway here are the names as provided by ESPN.com:
Armando Rios, Marvin Benard, Barry Bonds, Bobby Estalella, Jason Giambi, Jeremy Giambi, Benito Santiago, Gary Sheffield, Randy Velarde, Lenny Dykstra, David Segui, Larry Bigbie, Brian Roberts, Jack Cust, Tim Laker, Josias Manzanillo, Todd Hundley, Mark Carreon, Hal Morris, Matt Franco, Rondell White, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Chuck Knobloch, Jason Grimsley, Greg Zaun, David Justice, F.P. Santangelo, Glenallen Hill, Mo Vaughn, Denny Neagle, Ron Villone, Ryan Franklin, Chris Donnels, Todd Williams, Phil Hiatt, Todd Pratt, Kevin Young, Mike Lansing, Cody McKay, Kent Merker, Adam Piatt, Miguel Tejada, Jason Christiansen, Mike Stanton, Stephen Randolph, Jerry Hairston Jr, Paul LoDuca, Adam Riggs, Bart Miadich, Fernando Vina, Kevin Brown, Eric Gagne, Mike Bell, Matt Herges, Gary Bennett Jr., Jim Parque, Brandon Donnelly, Chad Allen, Jeff Williams, Howie Clark, Nook Logan, Mike Judd, Ricky Stone, Derrick Turnbow, Wally Joyner, Rafael Palmeiro, Paxton Crawford, Ryan Jorgenson, Ricky Bones, Ken Caminiti, Rick Ankiel, David Bell, Paul Byrd, Jose Canseco, Jay Gibbons, Troy Glaus, Jose Guillen, Darren Holmes, Gary Matthews Jr., John Rocker, Scott Schoenweis, Ismael Valdez, Matt Williams, Steve Woodard, Dan Naulty.
Where are the names on McGwire and Sosa? Bonds is a no brainer after the BALCO deal, but some of these guys just plain dissapoint me. When I first saw Wally Joyner’s name I thought ‘no way’ Reading the blurb about him you see that he said he tried them three times, and then quit. He was probably trying to live up to the high expectations put on him. Scott Shoenweis actually had the steroids delivered to him at Comiskey Park. What a great move that was. He was outed a couple of months ago for this, so his name was not a total surprise. Palmeiro was another one that shocked me when he was caught. Like many I was fooled by his finger pointing in front of Congress. A couple of months later after hitting his 500th home run, and getting his 3,000th hit he is suspended for steroids. Here is someone that I thought was a great guy, and his image is tarnished. A sure Hall of Famer that used drugs for just a little too long. Now talk is that he may not see the Hall even with his numbers. Another sure Hall of Famer is Roger Clemens. I suspected this, and I would not be surprised if his idol Nolan Ryan used them at some point as well. Nolan was way too good long after most have trailed off. How many no-hitters did he throw at the end of his career? David Justice now makes some sense to me. How could a man hit a woman like Halle Berry unless he was on steroids. Looks like he has lost twice so far. One name that made me laugh was Todd Hundley. He was a bust using ‘roids. How bad would he have been without them?
This is a sad day for baseball, and a day that I will always remember. The players that I idolized growing up now appear to be nothing more than high paid drug addicts.