I’m sure we’re all familiar with the argument linking kids and steroids: Athletes take performance enhancing drugs, and kids become vulnerable because they either idolize and want to mimick their doping heroes or they’re young athletes who want to perform like the pros and follow the lead by “juicing.”
Well, tonight I heard former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell announceÃ‚Â his long-awaited report on performance-enhancing drug use in major league baseball. The debate on thisÃ‚Â will go on for some time, and the report will be discredited by some, over-hyped by others.
But what hit meÃ‚Â most about all this was the call I got in the midst of Mitchell’s press conference today. It was my son. He was watching at his mom’s house and couldn’t believe thatÃ‚Â some familiar names fromÃ‚Â his beloved Yankees were named.
Now, the rest of us will debate that list and the players on it for months and years to come. We’ll go on at the water cooler at work about Mitchell’s Boston ties and the high percentage of current and former New York players on this list—along with the lack of ties to the Red Sox. We’ll comment on how most of the players named were on the steroid radar anyway. We’ll speculate on the names that should be there but weren’t. We’ll even defend a player or two on the list, primarily if they play for our team.
But the bottom line is thatÃ‚Â a kid’s heart was broken today, and that just sucks.
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