If you have ever lived in the South, you've probably had "the crud." It's an upper-respiratory ailment that can linger for weeks, or sometimes even months. Brought on by a combination of horrendous pollen and incredible humidity, you seemingly can't shake the nagging cough and the constant phlegm.
Steroids, it seems, have become baseball's crud. It just won't go away.
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It is rumored that MLB will suspend Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, and possibly more than 20 other players for 100 games. That's roughly two-thirds of a season. For some on the list (like A-Rod), that could potentially be a career death sentence.
With a suspension of that length, the New York Yankees would have an opening to go to court and try to break their existing contract with Rodriguez, which calls for him to be paid millions upon millions over the next five years. I don't know about all the other teams involved, but if you are Yankees management, you almost have to be rooting for the suspension, don't you?
And what of Ryan Braun? He was previously suspended, then went to court, used a technicality and had it overturned. He has been almost as vehement in his denials of PED usage as Rafael Palmeiro was. We all know how that turned out.
With the exception of baseball purists like myself, who think that every baseball stat after about 1995 needs to have an asterisk by it, I'm not sure anyone else really cares. I talk to people on a daily basis about sports, and I've seen a big swing the past few years from those saying that steroid users should be thrown out of the game, to a "hey, if everyone is doing it, no one is getting an advantage, so who cares" type of mentality.
If reports that are circulating are accurate, that whole "everyone is doing it" may prove to be correct. Rumors are flying that the 20 or so players being discussed are just the beginning. The tip of the hypodermic, as it were.
There could be in upwards of triple digits in Bosch's little black book of clients. If that is the case, what is the future of Major League Baseball? Where (and when) does it all end? How will they ever get rid of this "crud?"
Want to hear the ironic part? Guess what doctors prescribe when you have the crud for an extended period? A steroid pack.
It never ends.