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Bases Loaded by Kirk Radomski

I didn’t get into too much trouble as kid, but when I did I always had a supposedly good excuse up my sleeve:

“So-so told me too”

“He started it”

“It wasn’t me”

“I didn’t know”

“Everybody else did it”

That last one is my favorite because even full-grown adults use that lame excuse every day. Bases Loaded by Kirk Radomski is one big fat steroid-filled excuse. Much like Jose Canseco’s Juiced, which signified the beginning of the end of the visible steroid era, Radomski spends the entire time trying to justify his actions and blaming everyone else for his problems.

Throughout the book, he tends to contradict his own beliefs. He regrets getting into the steroid world yet is happy he “helped” his baseball friends. He understands why his friends were silent during the investigation yet furious when no one talked. He is disinterested in baseball yet treats the game with great respect. He believes steroids make no difference for a good athlete, yet shows example after example how athletes would have been nobodies without steroids.

This book is extremely interesting. Without Kirk Radomski’s testimony there would have been no Mitchell Report and Major League Baseball would have had their heads in sand for a little while longer.

The visible steroid era will be a constant black eye for baseball. There is no single victim and there is no one single culprit. Commissioner Bud Selig, the Players’ Association, the press, and all the PED pushers are responsible for visible steroid era and no matter how hard we try to forget – dismissing records, shutting people of the Hall of Fame, etc, - the steroid era was a bad mistake that we all turned a blind eye to because we were having too much fun.

Except for me…I was too young to know what was going on.