August 5, 2013 7:36 PM
" Fifteen years ago this summer, Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa put on the greatest show in baseball, slamming homer after homer, as far as the eye could see. But the sunny season of Mark and Sammy turned out to be an illusion.
Now, another storm bodes for baseball, with news Monday of a hall-of-shame list of suspensions – led by New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who reportedly is expected to appeal his penalty in the long-brewing performance enhancement drug scandal. The suspension of 13 players raises many questions. But one rises above the rest: How could anyone be so stupid? How could anyone even think of dabbling in banned substances after the sickening circus of McGuire, Sosa and others testifying before Congress in 2005? After the Hall of Fame ballots that go unmarked, year after year, for McGuire, Sosa and other tarnished superstars – including all-time home run leader Barry Bonds? After the doping stories that long dogged – and eventually brought down – disgraced cycling champ Lance Armstrong? Rodriguez is displaying an Armstrong-like arrogance with his reported plans to play as he appeals his suspension. That's his right "
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