"Guys Have Always Been Cheating. Period."
Who would offer such a dramatic proclamation, you ask? Barry Bonds? Jose Canseco? Another defamed former steroids popper?
Nope, the quote in the headline was proffered up by none other than Bob Gibson before yesterday's All-Star Game during an interview with ESPN's Mike & Mike in the Morning.
Before you read the entire quotable passage, realize this: Gibson is a former player who seems to be in the minority when it comes to handling steroids. He feels that some players who knowingly used the drugs still belong in the Hall of Fame.
Then again, Gibson clearly feels that keeping those players out would only make the Hall of Fame hypocritical in a subtle way, admitting cheaters in one era but not in another. The difference is that Gibson doesn't feel that there's any distinction between a spitball and steroids.
"Guys have always been cheating. Period. It just takes a little different form today. I'm just glad they didn't have steroids when I was playing. I don't know what I would have done. It's very difficult to go out and perform when you know the guy next to you is taking steroids or some kind of drug to make you perform better and not do it yourself, to let this guy get an edge on you. ...
I don't know that I really criticize the guys. Whoever the first guy is that started it, that's the guy I criticize. The rest of the guys just followed suit. I don't think its Ok. I'm not sanctioning it, but I understand why it happens."
Is Gibson right? To an extent he definitely is. The question is just how far along you follow his logic. It's a compelling argument, and one that is hard to not find sympathy with.
What do people think? Is Gibson right, or is he just an old man who doesn't want to hold any more grudges than he already has?
July 15, 2009; 4:16 PM ET
Categories: Cardinals | Tags: Bob Gibson, Cardinals, Hall of Fame, media, steroids
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