This story by Gordon Edes throws out some pretty amazing comments by former BoSox Doctor Bill Morgan, he of the stupendous Schilling suture. To wit:
"I would go on record as saying there was no steroid use, to my knowledge, by the Red Sox in my years with the team."
or this, regarding Canseco’s tenure with the Sox:
"Even with him, there was nothing overt in the clubhouse, but did people suspect it? Sure. But there was never a, `By the way, can you stick this needle with steroids into my buttocks?’ "
My guess is Doc Morgan never saw Shea Hillenbrand trying to squeeze his old batting helmet on after his offseason training "regimen". By Morgan’s own accounts, he figures that maybe 15% of players have taken steroids. So why does he think that the Sox checked in at 0% while he was there? Face it, Doc, even our beloved Sox
harbored [edit: most likely employed] steroid users. Morgan’s head-in-the-sand attitude about what happened on his own watch (he was the TEAM DOCTOR, for heck’s sake) is exactly why this problem is not going away until a nuclear steroid policy is in place.