I’ve been hearing a lot of (sports) talking-heads saying that when/if Ryan Howard of the Phillies hits 62 homeruns this year, it should be considered the record because Bonds, Sosa, McGwire were all using (the proverbial) ‘performance enhancers’. Anyone have an opinion on it?
Here’s mine: It shouldn’t be considered the record. First and foremost because steroids were not a banned substance in MLB at the time these records were set.
Also, I have a hard time with baseball “purists” telling me about these “performance enhancers”. They are so out of touch with training and supplementation that they don’t understand the difference between dianabol and creatine.
Who is to say WHERE they draw the line? Isn’t anything a performance enhancer? If it were not, why would anyone use it? Creatine? Performance enhancer. Glutamine? Performance enhancer. Protein supplementation? Performance enhancer.
If you are a ballplayer, isn’t working out a perfomance enhancer? Yet they throw around the term like there’s no tomorrow.
Baseball is not and never has been the model of purity that these people like to imagine. Ruth played hung-over. Cobb conspired to fix/throw games for money. Corked bats. Scuffed balls. Infields manicured to suit the home team. Amphetamines. Steroids. It’s all cheating, right? Or no? Is steroids something so much worse?
Not in my view. In my view, if you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’!