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It’s time for some spring cleaning

The sun is shining, spring sports are underway and life is good. I don’t know what it is about this time of the year, but I can’t help myself from wanting to throw down all of my work and head outside to catch a sporting event.

Maybe I like spring so much because it feels like a new beginning or new chapter is unfolding – maybe even more so this spring.

When I think of spring, I think of spring training and baseball. With Randy Johnson’s first pitch for a strike Sunday night, Major League Baseball was back in action and that brings a smile to my face.



And it couldn’t have come at a better time.

To be honest with you, the whole steroid controversy has taken its toll on me.




I’m tired of looking at players skeptically to see if they look like they have been taking steroids. I’m growing weary of hearing into whose rear-end Jose Canseco claims to have injected steroids. I’ve had enough of the finger pointing.

I fear that what once began as a solid investigation into steroid usage in baseball, may soon turn into a witch hunt.

I think we have reached a point where it’s time to take a stand against steroid use, actually create drug testing policies that will punish steroid abusers and get back to the actual game of baseball.

We know that a steroid problem does indeed exist in baseball, but the best way to fix it is not to continue to name names. Finding out who has been involved in steroid usage in the past will not help the problem as much as deciding where to go from now and making it clear that steroids usage will never be acceptable in baseball again. (The only reason to continue to name names is only if MLB decides to start voiding or putting an asterisk by records.)

And if you are caught violating this principle you will be severely punished and the public will know that you have messed up. It’s time to draw the line in the sand and say no longer will steroids be allowed in this league.

I never thought I would say this, but I wish instead of hearing announcers talk about the latest steroid gossip, that talk could be replaced with discussing a player’s hitting percentage against left handers, in the third inning, with the sun in right field and a man wearing a hot pink shirt on the third base line. I miss those fun/worthless facts.

It’s time to get back to the actual game of baseball and now is the perfect time. A new season has kicked off, ball parks are shiny and inviting, uniforms are crisp and even the Milwaukee Brewers can still dream about winning the pennant this season.

The problem has been identified and it’s time to deal with it and move on. Now is the time we should be able to sit back and enjoy the glorious game of baseball again and recognize how nice springtime actually feels.


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