The new drug policy issued recently by Major League Baseball regarding steroid use is justified in my opinion (morally would depend on your individual beliefs or values). Today there are many celebrities and sports figures that get paid tremendous amounts of money and are afforded the opportunity to live the high life. When you become famous and part of your income comes from your public image then you owe those who support your lifestyle and your image a little honesty. Americans believe in Super Heros, well ok, maybe for some just Plain Heros, but they are Heros just the same. Im sure just about all of us have looked up to someone famous during our lives at some point, either when we were youngsters or possibly even as adults. We have all had that one certain person that we have hoisted up on an imaginary pedestal and we have adorned them with the iconic image of Hero in some form or fashion.
The problem with this idea is that Hero is a tough title to hold for an extended period of time. When you are of Hero status you are expected to be perfect in just about every conceivable way in the eyes of those who have placed you atop the heap. The thing that we mere mortals cant seem to remember is that, for the most part, those we hoist above our shoulders are just ordinary people. Our heros are flawed just like the rest of us. They have weaknesses and vulnerabilities, fears and desires just like the rest of us. The thing that sets them apart from the rest is that they have one or maybe two skills that seem to make them superhuman.
Those few that have the gifts or talents to play with the elites have entertained us for generations. They have held us captivated for the hope of witnessing that superhuman potential manifest itself on the field of play in a moment that will be replayed and marveled for what could be a lifetime or more. These events that have come few and far between in the past have taken on an almost mythical if not magical status. These single moments in time have inspired individuals, Nations, and the World alike.
We as fans have a right to these moments of greatness. They are for our enjoyment and are the property of the fans in their entirety as far as I am concerned. Major League Baseball and its personnel have a duty to protect the sport from impunity of honor and any acts that would cause harm to the image of Americas game. Performance enhancing drugs seem to take the luster off the moment and tarnish the image of the stars performance. The act or result may still be the same but the value of the performance has been significantly reduced. It has...