"I have never used steroids. Period,"
"I don't know how to say it any more clearly than that. Never."
"I am against the use of steroids"
"I don't think athletes should use steroids, and I don't think our kids should use them."
I want to believe Rafael Palmeiro. Put me down as someone who would like to believe that Palmeiro accidentally took whatever he took.
Yet, common sense tells me that I need to take a different position.
Rafael needs to come out and tell us what he was doing. Why did he test positive? What happened?
Otherwise, his credibility is shot.
Baseball does not need another home run hitter with a credibility problem. We may be reaching the point where public pressure will force the commissioner to put an asterisk next to some home run records.
Come clean Rafael. We need to hear the truth!
P.S. Coincidence or not, Barry Bonds announced that he is not playing in '05. Frankly, I hope that Bonds does not come back at all. No one is going to believe Bonds' records anyway.
Therefore, let's freeze the top 4 on the all time list.
Henry Aaron should stay # 1 and Babe Ruth at # 2.
Willie Mays should be returned to # 3 and Frank Robinson to # 4.
Sosa and Palmeiro's home runs totals, as well as McGwire's, need an asterisk.
Baseball records were made to be broken but not this way.