Tending Baseball's Garden
The unmasking of baseball's latest Hall of Fame-bound cheat has resulted in the bizarre cocktail of reactions we've come to expect as the game's Steroid Era is flushed clean.
May 18, 2009 at 8:39AM
When it was announced earlier this month that the Dodgers' Manny Ramirez would be suspended 50 games for having tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug, those who pay attention to the national pastime did one of two things: They slammed their fists on the nearest flat surface, enraged at one more hero-turned-villain, or they shrugged their shoulders at news that's become all too ho-hum since the St. Patrick's Day Massacre of 2005, when Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Rafael Palmeiro embarrassed themselves and their sport in front of a congressional committee in the nation's capital. Whether your take is outrage or apathy, though, a deep breath would be valuable as the 2009 baseball season nears its third month.