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How much is enough?

August 25, 2013
The Review

Dear Editor:

The wonderful smell of Major League Baseball. The Pirates have been in contention all season, and the Indians aren't doing too bad either. Wouldn't it be nice to have a World Series between those two teams.

Isn't it wonderful that the stench of MLB is fast dissipating. I'm now referring to the doping incidents. Gone are Bonds, McGuire and Sosa and their almost daily records for homers. People didn't want to believe steroids could help a player hit better or pitch better, aka Roger Clemens. It's not completely cleaned up because A-Rod is going to be suspended for drug abuse, to be announced any day now. I was a skeptic myself. I could not see how strength steroids could help a hitter in that split second he has to choose to hit or not. I could see where a pitcher like Clemens could gain an advantage in pitching. I could see Lance Armstrong gaining an advantage in cycling, but don't know how it was hidden for so many years. If he hadn't confessed, we would have never found out.

Today's batters struggle to hit 40 homers. I was wrong, steroids helped the hitting trio hit more homers and disgraced Ruth, Aaron, Maris, etc. These gentlemen did it with work and skill, not steroids. Clemens should have won 40 games with steroids. Warren Spahn, Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale, and I think Vernon Law, to mention a few, had 30-game seasons without steroids. If their achievements aren't erased or notated with an asterisk, denoting that they were cheaters, there is no justice. It appears they will forever be banned from Cooperstown, seems insignificant to me. Punishment doesn't quite fit the crime.

This brings me to one of my pet peeves, too much money for our celebrities, whether sport, recording, movies or wrestling. Astronomical amounts of money must make it look feasible to risk one's health with dangerous drugs of all kinds, just to keep the big bucks coming in. In the 1950s, a ballplayer might sell you a car or insurance in Pittsburgh. They had to get off season jobs to survive.

How much is enough? Not money. I've had it with these behaviors while the "Average Joe" can't get more than $8 to $10 an hour with no benefits. And to add insult to injury, he's expected to buy, buy, buy to get the economy going again. Why am I, a retired Teamster, pro-union, pro-democratic, cut me and I bleed liberal, able to be live comfortable with what I have, and these celebs can't get enough?

I must add our government workers to the list of celebs. Retire on Friday and come back to work on Monday, with two paychecks, and having some of the last effective unions gets them on the list too.

Donald Chambers

East Liverpool



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