Steriods and Such

Steriods have become a problem in all sports, not just baseball.  And while nobody probably really cares what a kid thinks, it’s still an important issues that we should not ignore.

More and more high school athletes are trying steriods.  Whether it’s to get them to the next level, or to just be the super hero, who knows.  Unfortunately, teens have the idea that bad things happen to someone else, not them.

Ken Caminiti died last year from a heart attack at the age of 41. Forty-one was too young. 

Caminiti was the first major league baseball player to publicly admit to using steroids. He also admitted that they caused him serious health problems, and when he stopped using them, caused depression and side effects he did not want.

In 2001, Caminiti was arrested for cocaine.  I was shocked, extrememly disappointed, and couldn’t understand how or why anyone would get involved with drugs, alcohol, much less steriods.  I read up on steroids and how bad they are for you.

Side effects include heart and liver damage, strokes, aggressive behavior and endocrine system problems, just to name a few.  Isn’t that enough?

In our school DARE programs, they do a great job teaching kids of the dangers of both.  So why would anyone want to do this?

No one will ever really know.  But if you think about it, baseball players face peer pressures just like us kids do.  There is always some guy coming up that may be better than you, hit harder than you, and threatening to take your job away.  As players get older, many may feel the need to step it up to stay competitive.  They feel lots of pressures.

The lesson we all can learn  is that certain things we do can have serious consequences down the road.  Mr. Caminiti suffered the ultimate loss.

Steriods are bad for you, period.  These players set the example for us kids.  If it’s ok for you, is it ok for us?

My biggest peeve is lying about it.  "No, I absolutely DO NOT take steriods!"  Then they test positive.  That doesn’t make for a good role model.

Whether or not they should get in the Hall of Fame if they were known to test positive for steriods is another issue.  I guess that will be up to the baseball writers who vote.  I have heard the pros and cons on talk radio over this issue.  But I also know, there were lots of guys voted in who were clean and made it on skill alone. 

In the long run, I hope that the new rules on steriods helps get some guys off of it.  When they are 60 and having health problems, they will have to ask themselves whether it was worth it or not.

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