Expose the Users to Clear the Clean
'Real victims' of performance drugs are those left behind
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 10, 2009 10:20 AM CST
This Feb. 20, 2008 file photo shows New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez watching batting practice during spring training.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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(Newser) – The steroids-in-baseball "shame game" shouldn’t be limited to A-Rod and Barry Bonds, writes Mike Wise in the Washington Post. To keep mum on the others who cheated the game is to ignore the "real victims": The regular players who "chose correctly between right and wrong" and never made it beyond the minors. Officials should release the names of all known users so that we can celebrate those who aren’t on that list.

“This is what the celebrity-obsessed among us don't get: The offense perpetrated by the anonymous major leaguer is actually more damaging than that of Clemens, Bonds, or A-Rod,” Wise writes. That major leaguer got a leg up and thus “robbed genuine workers” of their goal to play in the big leagues. "Why not go after the players so insecure about their own legacies or ability to stay in the game they had to seize the dream from others?"