Angela was at home watching the local news station with her two toddlers when she heard the devastating news. She was so astonished by the fact that he admitted to it after all these years that she spilt her drink on her sweatpants. While Angela watched the report she remembers Mark apologizing for using steroids, admitting when he used them, and saying that he used them for health purposes rather than getting more muscle. The New York Times reported that “He briefly tried steroids after the 1989 season but did not begin using them regularly until the winter after the 1993 season, when he was mired in a painful period of his career that included repeated trips to the disabled list, partly because of injuries to both heels”
Nolan Ryan was a very popular athlete. Yet, lots of people don’t know much about him. Though Nolan Ryan is one of the most iconic baseball figures, many people don’t know about his early life, his career in the MLB, and how he has impacted baseball today.
In 1889, Bud Galvin became the first man to use steroids in american sports when he tried to inject hormones from animals into himself. “Charles Brown-Sequard's "Elixir of Life," which became the earliest known performance enhancing drug in American professional sports when Pud Galvin of the Pittsburgh Alleghenys used it in 1889” (VICE). Since then steroids have been a staple in american sports, especially the game of baseball. When people think of the best player in baseball many people will say without even thinking about, Babe Ruth, the great yankee slugger who hit close to 720 homeruns in what people will call the dead ball era. Babe Ruth, however may have been using some sort of performance enhancing drug when he was still playing with
Did you know of a great baseball player, that was also, a wonderful man that helped african-americans fight racial violence? During his years of playing baseball, Hank Aaron received many death threats on his way to break Babe Ruth’s homerun record. Also, the many people he impacted and helped them get away from racial violence. From helping these people Hank received many awards. Hank Aaron, a great baseball player, but more importantly a great civil rights activist, that helped many african-americans get away from racial violence.
“Before steroids, records were made to be broken. Now they’re stolen,” is a quote that many know. The number of athletes who use steroids is staggering. First of all, the health effects could create huge problems for the athletes. Next, the consequences for using steroids are huge. Lastly (transition), many athletes that use steroids are better than their opponents, by cheating. Athletes that use steroids should have bigger consequences.
Athletes around the world strive every day to not only succeed on the court or on the field, but they also hope to make a difference off the field and in the community. Many aspire to be role models as well as sources of inspiration for youths, and for many of them, their dreams of being professional athletes sprouted from watching their predecessors compete. Puerto Rican baseball player and philanthropist, Roberto Clemente, was one of the most well regarded players in sport’s history and his story stretched well beyond his Hall of Fame career on the field. Clemente’s statistics ranked him among some of the best players in baseball history, but his role in the Latin American community and his powerful ethnic pride and humanitarianism impacted
Jackie Robinson is remembered as the African american that broke the color barrier for the Major League Baseball. Many words can be used to describe him, such as hero, powerful, stupid, anything of that sort, not all good, but not all bad. Keeping a cool head was key to his success, dealing with many racist names that he was called as he stepped up to the plate. With pitchers aiming at his head, he still became a very accomplished athlete in as many fields imaginable. Jackie didn’t pay attention to what people thought or said about him, just knowing he was going to get on base the next pitch.
Fans go to games to watch superhuman athletes play, not average ones. McGwire and Sosa generated so much fanfare because they did the impossible. Only years later, Barry Bonds astounded fas around the world, as he broke McGwire’s record. As the great Vince Lombardi once said “Defense wins games, offense sells tickets.” With the absence of steroids, pitchers are taking over the game; by using steroids a player is able to reach his full potential. Dr. LIncoln Allison argues that in truth, steroids are not really “cheating”, they are just a way to bring out the full ability from a player. “A sportsman or woman who seeks an advantage from drugs just moves up to the level appropriate to his or her underlying ability”(107). She suggests that we deal with other, much greater problems, before worrying about teroid issue, ”In general, the risk to health from performance-enhancing drugs is considerably less than that from tobacco or alcohol, and we ought not to apply paternalistic moral assumptions to sport that we are not prepared to apply to the rest of
Babe’s popularity was at its height even as his ability was decreasing (Match 53). Babe got sick with the flu; he collapsed in a railroad station, therefore his team went to the game without him. A couple of days later, he fainted on the train, and was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, and was weakened by an operation (Macht 40). Babe was thirty-nine, and still played (Macht 53), that means he played for twenty years, however, he only hit twenty-two home runs within 125 games (Macht 53). He eventually signed with the Boston Braves, but he wanted to quit because he was tired. The Braves said he had to at least play one more game, he hit three home runs during that game (Macht 54). Babe also retired on June 13, 1948. Babe got a sore throat and his voice began to get hoarse...his diagnosis was cancer, from then and on Babe was in and out of the hospital, he couldn’t have many visitors, but he had lots of get well soon gifts/cards. A movie was made from his life, he left the hospital bed to go see it (Macht 56). Babe made his last appearance at Yankee Stadium, on June 13, 1948; this day is celebrated in every MLB ballpark (Macht 59). Babe left his hospital bed just to be there, he slowly made his way to the dugout, however he wouldn’t have made it there to his dugout without help, and physical support because he was so weak (Macht 56). Babe gave a very short speech when he
Steroids can cause many health issues, “including “steroid rage,” the development of male characteristics in female athletes, heart attacks, and greatly reduced life expectancy (The Database Book. 2009).” Steroids could also ban you from playing ever again. The first time a player is tested positive they are put on an eighty game suspension, second positive test will put the player on a 162 game suspension, which is the whole season including postseason, and a third positive test will ban the player from Major League Baseball for life. Steroids also give the player an unfair advantage over other players who are playing with their natural ability. “The sport badly needs to restore the public’s confidence in the purity of competition. A step in this direction is the new drug testing program that was negotiated and approved by the owners and players for the 2005 season. It is far more comprehensive, intrusive, and punitive than the 2002 program that it replaced. Time will tell whether the new program will rid the sport of the blight which allows juiced-up players to achieve phony records that overshadow authentic accomplishments (Staudohar. 2005).” All players work hard everyday, but the ones who are taking steroids to get ahead faster are just cheating themselves. Although, there could be a brighter side to steroid use. If a player is taking steroids to become a power hitter, they could be
Alex Rodriguez used steroids as an early as highschool, and continued to used HGH even when he joined the Yankees. HGH (Human Growth Hormones) cause nerve, muscle,
Jackie Robinson was an American Major League Baseball second baseman. He was the first African American to play in the major leagues in the modern era. Jackie Robinson was born January 31, 1919 on a carpet plantation near the town of Cairo, Georgia. He was the youngest of five children. Not long after Jackie's birth his father, Jerry Robinson, left the family in 1920. Soon they would move to Pasadena, California. As a child growing up with poverty Robinson and his minority friends were often times excluded from many recreational activities. As a result Robinson ended up joining a gang but was soon persuaded to leave it by one of his friends.
Derek Jeter is a baseball player known for playing with the New York Yankees as their shortstop. Derek Jeter also known as Jeter or “The Captain” played with The New York Yankees for 22 years during that time he help the Yankees win several World Series. Jeter has won several awards while playing with the Yankees.
Athletes using performance enhancing drugs have always been in the media. When a beloved athlete is caught using drugs the media tears them apart. Any one’s favorite athlete could become nothing to them after a drug test. The articles “Cheating and CHEATING” by Joe Posnasnski and “We, the Public, Place the Best Athletes on Pedestals” by William Moller, show two sides of the effects of media as well as fame for athletes.
Alex Rodriguez has been receiving a lot of attention he has been known for his skills on the ball field but recently got caught using steroids.Alex Rodriguez became a home run champ and a three-time MVP during his years with the Texas Rangers New York Yankees until he was suspended for the entire 2014 season for using performance-enhancing drugs.This research will analyze why athletes dope in sports and how it negatively affects the athlete 's health.