Chris Colabello and Daniel Stumpf both received an 80-day slap on the wrist for steroid use. Toronto Blue Jay fans And Philadelphia Phillies fans will not be seeing Colabello and Stumpf play for 80 games. Do you think the penalty is stiff enough? The commissioner announced it last Friday. Everybody likes a good Major League baseball game but fans don’t like to go to games to see steroid players running the field like bulls. Doping is a big threat to sports not just baseball. Sponsors want new fans to come to the games and fans want to be able to relate to their favorite players.
Colabella and Stumpf tested positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone under the name Turbinol, used to increase endurance for speed. Struggling to command your zone is no reason to reach for a steroid they are health risks for an otherwise healthy athlete, stroke and heart attacks are nothing to turn the other cheek for. The drugs can be extremely dangerous. You are playing with your cardiovascular system. People in sports make light of them and use words like increase speed and strength but there is more to doping the body than just increasing speed and strength or the athlete would find a way to practice and take the time to develop and improve his or her speed and strength by working out, resting properly and proper nutrition.
- The dirty business of doping in baseball, Rodriguez camp leaks to Yahoo Sports
Athletes are not machines as NFL is dealing with not only steroid usage but also sending players back on the field with brain injuries. The big business of sports needs to realize these are human beings. If you want machines on the field sports is not the business to be in and what fan wants to watch a bunch of machines on the field. What would there be to relate to. The drugs are deadly, there is nothing therapeutic about taking steroids that involves sports unless it is for an injury and the usage is short term. Liver damage is nothing to mess around with, like CTE chronic brain damage is long term and it shorten the quality of life in a hurry. Chronic liver damage leads to liver cancer, it’s not a scare tactic and there is proof and athletes and bodybuilders living with it.
Male hormones are not just water with a little flavoring added to it. Women have been warned taking too many female hormones cause cancer and do damage to a woman’s body. Male hormones also come with the same side effects. The usual side effect like acne and facial hair on women are nothing compared to what is going on inside the athletes body. Athletes and the people who use steroids for performance enhancing drugs are selling their very souls to the devil over some short term gratification of money. Their children will die at an earlier age of cancers and heart failure because of the system breakdowns of the mechanics of the synthetic hormones cause, they mess with your genes.
Shrinking testicles are also prone to prostate, liver, pancreatic,bladder, lung, cancer, tumors, and blood clots. You are still dealing with Bi Pharma and the side effects when described by someone who makes a living by selling them to you is trained to make the side effects sound less so to you. A synthetic testosterone is not safer to take. The doctor or trainer who is hoping you will take the hormone, growth hormones testosterone, is hoping they have you hooked into buying for the duration of your career. Calling the “doping” a performance enhancing drug takes away from the dangerous side effects and long term health destruction. Some fans even buy into the myth that it is no big deal to take hormones on a regular basis. They have been trained by the athletes they know at the gym who do them or they experiment with doping themselves and think it is no big crisis.
Lance Armstrong is notorious for his doping and he had prostate cancer. Which came first the chicken or the egg? Athletes also use steroids while using street drugs and the Google searches are filled with athletes who died using both of cardiac ailments. Steroids raise your cholesterol levels, increase your blood pressure and your blood platelet levels increasing your chances of a clot. Steroids also increase your level of homocysteine, an amino acid in the blood which increases your chances of heart attack. Heath Benedict who died in 2008 was taking steroids, amphetamines and had a set up in his room to take liquid Viagara which is considered to deliver more oxygen to the body and make recovery quicker when on the field or court. Fans and athletes are in denial about the real health issues and long term health damage. their twenties over half of them said they started taking steroids in high school. High schools need to start testing and education about the health risks and sudden death and cancer need to be discussed.
In a High Times interview with MLB Bill Lee in the eighties High Times asks, “What about the drugs that are sanctioned-indeed, virtually mandatory-in organized sports, such as Novocain, cortisone, the steroids?”
Lee replies, ”It’s all rotgut. Your kidneys produce enough cortisone. As far as the management is concerned, the short-term goals outweigh the long-term ones. Novacaine and steroids especially. It’s ironic that Bowie Kuhn gets upset about pot when, every day, ballplayers are being shot up with drugs that actually destroy players; systems. He’s thinking short-term. He’s not taking into consideration, for instance, that steroids are congenital and that the people who take them are passing on heart failure to their offspring that will make them die at an earlier age of an inability to absorb cholesterol. ‘He’s thinking this guy is more of a burden, costs more on society in the long run based on our insurance…It’s strange isn’t it?”
- Georgia Bulldog Kolton Houston blood was a steroid chemical cocktail
High Times: “So you are saying in effect that baseball management is abusing drugs in effect?”
Lee: ”Yeah, because they create a system whereby the ballplayer knows that if he does good, he’s going to get X-number of dollars and then he can worry about it later. Overachieving at a faster rate. It’s the same thing as marginal buying on the stock market, which created the crash of 1929.”
High Times: “Did baseball management try to get you to take the baseball drugs?”
Lee: “Kind of, but I had the ability to regulate them myself, and not take as much as they suggested. I knew it was harmful for me to take cortisones, but it was something I had to use because of my arm injury with the Red Sox. I was very lucky that the Red Sox gave me two years to recover and come back from my injury. They had to give me space and time to heal. But they don’t have to do that with everybody. I was lucky I had so many established years in so they couldn’t so that-boom boom boom. I had three 17-game-winning seasons in a row with the Red Sox, which was a record in consistency for Boston pitchers. I was a worthy investment.”
High Times: “You’ve already mentioned liquor, nicotine and caffeine as harmful drugs, What else, in your opinion, are the most harmful drugs in America?”
Lee: “All are bad if you don’t neutralize them with another one. It’s the things that are not to be metabolized. The pharmacists know they are cheating a little bit, when they are crossing over too much, cutting off natural connections in the body. We’re all put together by charges and by molecular arrangement, and when you tamper with the natural ones, you’re up the creek. The harmful ones-steroids, amphetamines. Anything that affects genetic body patterns, and any drug that becomes addictive. It’s like a black hole. It’ll suck you in. Heroin. They’re not all bad really, if you can control them, if you have that ability to not become addicted to them, but to use them as Carlos Castendada says as an ally.”
High Times: “Sounds like you are a commodity to baseball management rather than a person?”
Lee: “They wink out of commodity once in a while and treat you like a person. But at the end of the month you are just another number.”
High Times: “You once said to make it in baseball you have to be an asshole. What did you mean?”
Lee: “Nice guys get treated with less respect.”
High Times: “Is that why nice guys can’t be managers?”
Lee: “They never give you any positive reinforcement. Or seldom.”
Why has Major League Baseball drawn a hardline on gambling but not on steroid use? Drugs and steroids affect the integrity of the game. In his book Inside Dope: How Drugs Are the Biggest Threat to Sports and Why you should Care, author Richard W. Pound says, “I wonder what will happen to Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, Barry Bonds? They are laughing stocks and have been proven to be massive drug users of steroids. Something the players and the owners of the teams had to know about all along. Double standards don’t seem to bother MLB. But after the 2006 world series legislation came through and the ‘get tough’ policies and penalties increased.
- 1st time offense results in a 50-game suspension, that is 1/3 of the season.
- 2nd offense results in a 100-game suspension.
- 3rd positive test is a lifetime suspension.
Three strikes and you are out. White women may be dying of heart attacks and not living to a ripe old age but males who are ‘doping’ are not making it to middle age.
Remember when Hank Gathers died? The 23-year-old All-American forward at Loyola Marymount who collapsed on the court after only a few minutes into the game. Hours later he was dead. Shockwaves traveled fast across the country. In the 18 years since his death athletes from the playground to the pros have been dying of and diagnosed with severe heart ailments and at an alarming rate. The spike in cases is the use of steroids and amphetamines. “Some athletes are grinding up cocaine and eating in their cereal in the morning.” They are exacerbating and creating cardiac issues. There are no symptoms to sudden death. Athletes and teens and people in their 20’s think they are indestructible. The athletes in their twenties now half of them say they began doing steroids in high school.