Spring training is just around the corner, and soon my favorite team, the Houston Astros, will be getting ready for the season. Honestly, though, I could be far more enthusiastic. The steroids/human growth hormone scandal has really soured me on baseball, far more than the strike of 1994.
How many years did Bud Selig know that chemical enhancement was a problem in baseball? Too many, I suspect. I guess it was easier to watch Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa hit Ruthian home runs and help baseball recover from its strike.
I find myself longing for the days of the eighties, when Jesse Barfield hit 40 homers in 1986, a number that seemed remarkable at the time.
When I look at my Barry Bonds rookie 1987 Topps baseball card and see how slender he was, his home run records* of 73 in a season and 762 career homers are both pathetic jokes.