They Knew

After reading the print version of SI’s Bonds blockbuster this evening, one thing became eminently obvious: athletes didn’t go to BALCO unless they wanted steroids.  End of story.  These athletes knew. The choreography of treatments, the intensity of administration, the carefully calibrated techniques used to help clients maximize the strengths of their designer steroids, these were all rigorously planned.  None of the vast and complex regimens that the people from BALCO prescribed could have been achieved without the complicity and knowledge of the client.  The drugs were carefully controlled, distributed, and adminstered, on a highly synchronized schedule.  Blood tests were taken to test detectability.  Bonds knew everything he was doing, the article makes this very certain.  And so must have anyone working with BALCO.  Anybody who claims they thought they were taking flaxseed oil (as Bonds stated at the Grand Jury) was lying.  That includes several people still playing today, in uniforms we all follow. 

11 comments… add one
  • Because the prominent names mentioned in the Balco investigation were Bonds, Sheffield and Giambi, Sox fans love to point the finger at the two Yankees and chant ,” roids, roids, roids”.
    But the thing is SF, you have no idea whatsoever how prevalent the use of steroids may have been in MLB.
    Guess what! The Balco people were not the only people manufacturing illegal performance enhancing drugs in this country, let alone what was being smuggled in across the borders. They could be obtained elsewhere. You don’t have a clue who else might have been using them, other than looking suspiciously at some player who looked remarkably smaller at spring training (Ivan Rodriguez) or a player whose production took an unexplained nosedive (Mike Lowell), and that’s certainly no conclusive proof.
    Are you absolutely certain no Red Sox may have been dabbling a bit? YOU DON’T KNOW, so if I were you, I wouldn’t be so quick to point the finger.
    Whoops, since I typed this I see you deleted that closing sentence in your original post about Gary Sheffield not feeling comfortable this evening. What’s up with that? Think better of it?

    whatever March 8, 2006, 11:55 pm
  • I said nothing about the Red Sox. The article said nothing about the Red Sox. There were players on the Red Sox who surely took steroids (and who may still take them), I am not naive. But that’s not the point of this thread, nor was that the focus of the SI article. This thread is about BALCO, and how the SI article damns those who claim a lack of knowledge about what they were doing, Bonds being the biggest deceiver of all. The article dispels the notion that players can simply pop a couple of pills without knowing what they are and derive benefit, that it takes a very serious regimen to obtain the utility from these drugs. Anybody that was a patron of BALCO was not a dabbler, just doing what they said to heal aching limbs. As WE mentions, for about a minute I had posted an earlier version with a reference to Sheffield (he of the famous “I thought I was just rubbing BALCO’s cream on my leg”) and thought better of singling him out – I presumed just after posting it that it would lead to comments just like his from angry YFs, that I was pointing fingers at the Yankees. This wasn’t the intention.

    SF March 9, 2006, 6:07 am
  • SF, Thank you for being candid. That’s to be admired. If I had come along 5 minutes later and hadn’t seen the comment about Sheffield I doubt I would have said a word. I guess YFs feel a little defensive.
    The Balco investigation has been an embarrassment to the Yankees to say the least. The denials and scenarios described as to how the drugs were mistakenly used ( Sheffield’s cream story) were ludicrous.
    And then there’s Giambi, who for whatever reason decided to spill his guts in the testimony instead of lying about it, and he’s caught the most flak of all for telling the truth.
    As for Bonds, if he comes back this year and starts to approach Aaron’s record, MLB will be in a quandry on how to present what normally would have been a celebration along the lines of Cal Ripken’s, but instead, one tainted by steroid allegations.

    whatever March 9, 2006, 7:43 am
  • All I’m saying is that Varitek destroyed that Grand Slam home run in yesterday’s WBC game…suspiciously early in the year SF.

    walein March 9, 2006, 3:13 pm
  • I think that your joking here, walien, but please don’t start sounding like John. And John, if you’re reading this, not one word about Manny unless you have some proof. Thanks.

    Laura March 9, 2006, 3:40 pm
  • Manny’s bouts of “Rage” are notorious around the league!
    I am joking Laura. I have always been annoyed with Varitek (I understand he’s a big Sox hero) but even I have to admit how excited I got seeing him jack that grandslam last night on the local news highlights.
    It was one of those real strength shots which reminds you that with all of the talk about steroids and such, these guys can crank out some impressive shots without the juice (assuming JV isn’t IVing it up–oh no I didn’t).

    walein March 9, 2006, 4:08 pm
  • I have a feeling when Manny gets enraged, it’s because he couldn’t finish a level of Super Mario Kart.

    SF March 9, 2006, 4:51 pm
  • Okay, walien, in good fun, I’ll play that game. If you are accusing Tek of ‘roids, I’m accusing Jeter. I mean, seriously, why has this not come up before? He’s such a big guy. In, erm, various places, or so I’ve heard. Maybe this actually belongs in Derek and Stacy, but whatever.

    Laura March 10, 2006, 11:39 am
  • I heard Jeter once took the Human Growth Hormone known as “Jessica Alba”.

    SF March 10, 2006, 11:43 am
  • yeah, he took one named Mariah Carey, too, or so I’ve heard.

    Laura March 10, 2006, 12:04 pm
  • Was Mariah his LSD phase then?

    NickYF March 10, 2006, 12:05 pm

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Next post:

Previous post: