'Roid Rage Obsesses Media—Not Fans

By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2009 5:20 PM CDT
Boston Red Sox teammates David Ortiz, left, and Manny Ramirez are seen in a 2005 photo.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The sportswriters and pundits now piling on pro baseball players over steroids aren’t just hypocritical, they’re the only ones who even care about the whole thing, Russ Smith writes for Splice Today after chatting up Red Sox fans in the wake of new (unsurprising) revelations about one of their heroes: “The same beat writers and columnists, who now act as if they’re preachers … simply didn’t want to lose access … and so they kept their traps shut.”

“Not one was the slightest bit disillusioned,” Smith writes of the fans he talked to. After calling several media types “hysterics” and “insufferable,” Smith says these same men now pronouncing careers and World Series titles “tainted” would bury the steroids scandal and instead confer “baseball sainthood” should the likes of known cheater Alex Rodriguez die in a car crash.