Wednesday, July 10, 2013

John Rocker says steroids make baseball 'better'


Former MLB pitcher and admitted performance-enhancing drug user John Rocker went on the air with CBS Sports Radio in Cleveland on Wednesday and proceeded to insinuate that baseball is more entertaining with steroids.

Rocker, who spent six seasons in the major leagues from 1998 to 2003, went on record as saying he thought the game was "better" when he played because the league had yet to crack down on steroid users.

“Honestly, and this may go against what some people think from an ethical stand point, I think it was the better game. At the end of the day when people are paying their $80, $120 whatever it may be, to buy their ticket and come watch that game, it’s almost like the circus is in town. They are paid to be entertained. They wanna see some clown throw a fastball 101 mph and some other guy hit it 500 feet. That’s entertainment. You’re paying to be entertained.”

The infamous closer even referenced the excitement of the 1998 season when sluggers Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire lit up the sports world as they attempted to break the home run record.

"And was there anything more entertaining than 1998 – I don't care how each man got there – was there anything more entertaining than 1998?…watching Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire chase 61 home runs?

"That was a mesmerizing time for every baseball fan out there…the people were getting their money's worth."


Aside from making baseball more entertaining, Rocker also added that trying to catch most of the PED users is relatively impossible.

"The best tests out there, the ones the Olympics use, can only test for 500 molecular combinations of 50,000 possible combinations. ... They're going to cost ya', but the guys who want them can certainly pay for a chemist to build them ."

Rocker's comments come just one day after widespread reports suggest that MLB is planning to suspend at least 20 players after the All-Star Break in connection with the Biogensis scandal. A couple of these players include two of the game's biggest stars in Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez.

Via Big League Stew

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