I’m writing this not as a baseball player, but as a baseball fan. As a fan, I feel cheated. And I don’t think I’m the only one. The Dodgers, with their best record in baseball, must feel cheated. The Dodgers fans must as well. Every pitcher (raise your hands guys, there’s plenty of you) who have given up Home Runs and hits to the guy must feel cheated.
There are so many people who have been cheated by this, and worst of all, it’s got to be the kids who look up to Manny. It makes me sick to my stomach to think of the example all this PED nonsense is setting for kids. Manny is going to “lose” $8M, but he’s still going to make $38M. Take a poll of kids and ask if they had to take steroids and get caught, would they do it for $38M? I bet they’re not going to care it may cost them the Hall of Fame; they become superstars and millionaires. I sincerely hope it’s not, but that has to run through a kid’s head. How do you change their mind? You can tell them anything you want, but actions and millions speak louder than words.
I feel cheated and these allegations make me sad as a baseball fan.