A woman who walks into a bar in a short skirt is not somehow at fault if she is sexually harassed on the way home. Similarly, we are not “all to blame” for MLB’s steroid scandal—a line of argument that is becoming all too familiar with baseball columnists and bloggers. (Ray Ratto’s piece on ESPN.com is a good example).
We all should have known—we did know—about widespread steroid abuse, according to this line, yet we all continued to patronize MLB, and to now ask for Giambi’s (or Bonds’s) head on a platter is simply hypocritical after we sat there enjoying their exploits.
This is a deeply cynical way of thinking. Fans have always been in favor of a tough steroid policy. If the parties involved have not delivered that system, fans are not to blame. Fans should also not be attacked for adopting an innocent-until-proven-guilty stance toward the game and its players. That’s how our system should work. Enough.