Back in the 90’s, my step-dad used to take us to baseball games. At the time, I used to get bored out of my mind watching the game. But now I’m older and wiser haha and I absolutely love the sport. Now, listening to this audiobook has made me realize that the players I watched were probably hopped up on steroids. Which angers me. And the thing is, steroid use was prevalent in so many sports. Not just baseball.
The audiobook I listened to was narrated by Arnie Mazer who has an incredibly engaging voice. I was worried that because the book is informative it would be a bit dull. Thankfully this was not the case. I made an effort to listen to this read whenever I had any downtime. That’s how much this book fascinated me.
Baseball is a business. This is clearly seen in how the San Francisco Giants put up with all of Barry Bonds’ shit. The man was way too much. But because he was cheating, and putting up high stats, the franchise let him do whatever he wanted. And MLB never punished him. In fact, MLB was the only sport to not have any steroids testing done until pretty late.
But the BALCO scandal wasn’t just centered on baseball. Many olympians and athletes from various sports like track and shot-putting were also caught up in the steroid debacle. The lengths these people went to to boost their game is astounding. And then listening to how they tried to distance themselves from the fallout boils my blood. Own up to what you did!
This was an incredibly shocking read. I had a hazy knowledge of what had occurred. But the details! And BALCO itself. The company that provided the drugs. Wow! This is journalism at its best. Well-researched and well-presented. My mind is still reeling from all of it.
To think that athletes to this day still continue to cheat and get away with it with nothing but a slap on the wrist. Ugh!! You’re ruining sports!! Stop it!!
Okay, so if you’re in any way interested in sports I would highly recommend this book!
Anyway, tonight I’ll quite possibly be one of the few Angelenos rooting against the home team. Who cares. I love the Red Sox! Come on, Boston!!!
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