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Post-Steriod Era Redemption?

July 2, 2009

Why is nobody talking about this?

Something caught my eye the other night – Albert Pujols hit his 30th home runwith more than a week to go before the all-star break. If this were the mid-90s, ESPN would send Pedro Gomez to St. Louis to document every second of the chase for 61, giving us updates on what Pujols had for breakfast and the type of laundry detergent he uses. In the post-steroid era hoopla, he’s nothing more than a useful fantasy baseball commodity.

Let’s finally be honest with ourselves: the single season home record is still owned by Roger Maris. Let’s also say what everyone is thinking: despite Bonds, McGwire, and Sosa all hitting over 61 in a season, we need to remember that they were injected with enough steroids to kill a circus elephant, and we should have as much respect for their “records” as my friends did for me in elementary school when I got the high score in my Ninja Turles video game after using a cheat code that gave me unlimited lives.

Pujols, on the other hand, offers legitimacy and some opportunity for post-steroid redemption in Major League Baseball. He has consistent numbers throughout his career, has passed every drug test, and seems to be an overall good guy. I say we wipe out the past fifteen years of home run records, reclaim the magic, and acknowledge that Albert is currently pursuing Roger Maris’s single season home run record. If he hits 62, then it’s his.

What a better way to bring some healing to an era of baseball ruled by scandal? Purge the record books and let the chase begin.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. matthewcthomas permalink
    July 2, 2009 3:44 pm

    right on brother! I’m not even telling my kids about McGuire, Sosa, and Bonds…and you better not either

  2. July 6, 2009 5:07 pm

    Bryan,

    Great post, brother.

    I agree with everything you said.

  3. July 7, 2009 11:55 pm

    Thanks, bro – I sure hope he gets the record for your red birds this year!

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