Steroids Killed the Baseball Star

April 2, 2012

Klosterman writes about Barry Bonds’ unfair success in America’s Favorite Pastime in his 2006 article in ESPN the Magazine.  The main topic he broaches is on the use of performance enhancing drugs: specifically in the case of Bonds.  Normally, talk of either sports or steroids are the two things in which I personally have very little interest.  But somehow, I was enthralled to finish this entry in its entirety before throwing together a response.  Now, this blogger has to wonder: What makes this article unique and worth the read?

My answer to that is Klosterman’s approach on the world, its populations’ ability to tinker with history, and also how he defines the undercurrent of statistics that set baseball aside from other sports.  What I really dug about this article was how the 2000 election was brought into question as a form of comparison to this situation.  Everyone just adapted and bought George W. Bush’s victory when it was unfair and made very little sense.  Granted, we were all a little more than shaken up from the World Trade Center’s devastation.  But, understanding how quick society can be to put their logical feelings on a shelf in this case helps to understand how the same is going for the use of steroids here.

Klosterman also brings to the table how Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa’s apparent drug abuse was also ignored.  This goes along with how easily history can be rewired in the heads of Americans.  The way it goes; it was ignored then and thus allowed to slide by now.  And this only works to take down this formality of baseball statistics—brick by brick—by nullifying the success of honest players.  The consensus is that George Herman “Babe” Ruth Jr.’s success will one day be buried beneath that of an unfair physical advantage.  And that, ladies and gents; is a scary notion.


Klosterman. “BONDS VS. AMERICA.” ESPN the Magazine Apr. 2006. Print.


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