Does anyone remember the steroid situation back in baseball several years back? I definitely do. It seemed like every few days, another player was caught juicing. Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi, even players like Manny Ramirez were suspected of cheating. It was a rough time for baseball as a whole because the sport tended to have a kind of “good guy” and old-time classic appeal, and the steroid era cast a serious shadow on the game.
It’s a matter of debate whether steroids truly help you in sports. In baseball, no kind of medication or pill is going to be able to help your hand-eye coordination, which is something you can only develop through years of training and just downright genetics. No kind of muscle is going to help you get the barrel of the bat square on the ball every time, which is really what separates the stiffs from the pros. Bodybuilders don’t become baseball players, in other words.
Without a doubt it did help the players who took it, but I think the whole thing was brought completely out of proportion relative to how much steroids really helps players. It helps, but in the end, those who were great just got greater.