Today at work the owner made us watch an inspirational program called ‘the Secret‘ for the second time in less than 6 months. One of the main messages is to appreciate everything, even the bad things. For example, rather than focus on the horrible steroid epidemic of baseball in the 90’s and today I should spend more time focusing on the players who did not cheat and be thankful for their honesty and integrity.
That being said, there is no proof that Luis Gonzales ever took a needle in the ass or spread a cream on his body or anything else for that matter but to me there is just something that is not right about him. Apparently, I am not the only one, according to this article from 2006.
First of all, it took Luis 10 full seasons to break the 30-home run mark. Up until that point he had only reached 20 home runs twice in a decade. After that 31 home runs he hit in 2000 he goes and follows it by hitting 57 home runs in 2001 and never cracked 30 or more for the next five seasons. How does someone become a power hitter after a decade, do it for two seasons and then goes back to a 15-20 home run guy? There is something very fishy about the whole situation and ESPN, rather than focus on his curious 2001 season would rather tug at your heart strings by publishing this piece on their website.
I believe there are a lot of players who have cheated in the last 20 years that we have no idea about because the fans and media dubbed them to be “nice guys”. Meanwhile, no one has a problem destroying guys like Bonds and Canseco and of course, it’s no surprise that they have never been very friendly to the media or anyone else for that matter. If we are going to out the cheaters, it should be all or none!