Sports Spotlight - Baseball Steroids

By Brendan O'Reilly

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 9, 2008 at 3:54 PM EDT

"Steroids or not you're still hitting the baseball"
As baseball attendance figures will attest fans of baseball don't seem bothered by the current steroids scandal. While 24-hour news channels pour over the Mitchell report and Roger Clemens phone calls, stadiums continue to pack in record numbers.
Heather Silver of Saratoga Springs says, " Not only is there no proof, specifically for a lot of stuff, but I would guess that a pretty high percentage of people, whether they were listed in the Mitchell report or not, I would say there's probably far more people that weren't named in that report that did steroids. I think the playing field was fairly even."
Traditionalists will argue that baseball's legacy has been tampered with. This generation will stand out as a blip in the linear history of the game.

Dominic Paratore from Albany says, " Being I'm from a different generation, sure. This is the steroid generation I guess you would call it. So I look at them as different than Ruth and Gehrig. I'm not from that generation, but DiMaggio and Williams and Stan Musial.

Those generations are statistically separated now, a fact that doesn't seem to bother fans of today's game.

Los Angeles native Chad Mitchell says, " Mickey Mantle was the best of his time. Look at Albert Pujols now. It's a time thing."
Norman Silver adds, " The dimensions of the ballparks are different, seasons are longer. Everything is different today. So records are records. If you want to keep a record I think you have to keep a record."

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