Professional baseball players somehow manage to carry some of the most fragile, inflated egos in the sports world. Despite being paid millions of dollars to essentially stand in a field all afternoon, some of them have the confidence of an acne-ridden high school freshman who can’t wait to get his braces off. Steroid users not only hold some of baseball’s most prestigious and famous records, but they have the nerve to lie about it afterward, as if not wanting to get caught by Mom with their hand in the cookie jar. Swelling heads, shrinking junk, home runs, and RBIs all come together in this testosterone filled mess of a situation.
Barry Bonds – Maybe it’s just me, but when someone’s head swells to the size of a watermelon, there might be something wrong. Bonds was a wiry, lean, fast player before steroids, now he looks more like he belongs in the WWE rather than the MLB. Bonds is especially smug and still has the nerve to deny his obvious use to the point of being run out of the sport and federally indicted for lying. He’s also had a history of domestic violence with his ex-wife, and reportedly choked her out and kicked her while she was on the ground. This guy is an embarrassment to the home run record, and seems like an even worse person than he is a cheater. Maybe he should get in the ring with Jose Canseco if he’s looking for a fair boxing match.
Mark McGwire – If anyone ever had a question about McGwire’s steroid use just look at the picture above. He was always known for his power, setting the rookie record for home runs in a season in 1987. McGwire’s steroid use started in the early 1990’s and brought his power numbers to a level not seen since Babe Ruth. In 1998 he smashed Roger Maris’ single seaosn home run record and was averaging a home run once every 10.61 at bats, the lowest at bats per home run ratio in baseball history (Babe Ruth is second at 11.80).
Jose Canseco – He’s made a career centered around steroid scandals, ratting out the entire sport and every teammate he ever had in books, radio and television. Even though he’s been out of the sport for almost nine years, his name constantly pops up in the relentless steroid chatter that seems to rear its ugly face almost every season. The worst part is it actually seems like he speaks the truth, despite the fact that he’s viewed as a complete clown, especially after his latest stunt in the MMA ring. Some of that old fashioned roid-rage could have helped him last longer than 77 seconds, as he looked like a scared schoolgirl running around in circles and eventually getting pounded into the mat.
Roger Clemens – Yet another famous player marred by steroid and HGH usage with the balls to sit in front of a grand jury and vehemently deny everything, despite being implicated by former teammates, his trainer, and the Mitchell report. The seven time Cy Young winner has had a history of odd behavior as well, including violent outbursts and a tendency to throw at batters’ heads, ranking in the top 15 all-time for hit batsmen. Who can forget the infamous incident where he threw a spiked end of a bat at Mike Piazza during the 2000 World Series? People who aren’t on the juice don’t typically try to impale the opposition.
Sammy Sosa – Not only did this fool cork his bat, but he continues to deny steroid usage despite testing positive in 2003. Sosa had a decorated career, including an MVP, seven All-Star selections, six Silver Slugger awards, and is one of five players to hit over 600 home runs. After starting performance enhancing drugs, Sosa began to look more like the Incredible Hulk rather than a right fielder. He’s another great example of delusional athletes who think they can get away with it and still deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.
Alex Rodriguez – What a mess this steroid story turned out to be. Rodriguez went on national television stating he absolutely never used performance enhancing drugs, then was forced to admit usage after his failed test results from 2003 leaked to the media. Even worse, A-Rod was the AL MVP and an All-Star, winning Gold Glove, Silver Slugger and Hank Aaron awards that same year. Maybe he should spend less time kissing mirrors or picking up strippers, and concentrate on maintaining some sort of a respectable image.
Jason Giambi – He was drafted as a wirey hitter out of High School with a .400+ average. Giambi came into the league in 1995 and in the late 1990’s become one of the most prolific power hitters in the game. In 2003 he was named in the BALCO scandal and made an public apology for his steroid used from 2001-2003. In 2007 he appologised again and urged other baseball players to come forward about their steroid use.