Steroids source 1 - Rethinking Steroids By Jeff Neuman"Baseball players will take anything If you had a pill that would guarantee a pitcher 20 wins

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February 17, 2009  Rethinking Steroids By   Jeff Neuman ”Baseball players will take anything. If you had a pill that would guarantee a pitcher 20 wins but  might take five years off his life, he’d take it.” Jim Bouton wrote that forty years ago. He also listed some of the things he’d taken over the years:  butazolidin (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory he referred to as “what they give horses”), DMSO (a  fast-penetrating solvent believed to help with inflammation, though Bouton added, “Word is it can  blind you”), novocaine, cortisone, and xylocaine. He leaves the impression that if there were things  he didn’t take, it’s because he didn’t know about them. (Steroids were not an issue because baseball  players back then avoided lifting weights for fear they’d lose flexibility.) We howl with outrage when athletes use steroids. But why are we surprised? They’re doing what we  want them to do – i.e.,  everything they can to win. We want sports stars to do glorious things as our surrogates. We don’t care about their long-term  futures, or their lives after sports. We condemn the player who sits out to nurse small wounds, who  pulls up shy of the fence instead of crashing into it in pursuit of a fly, who veers out of bounds instead  of taking a hit. We praise the gamer, who gives us everything he has on every play whether it’s smart  or not. We laud Curt Schilling for risking serious damage to his ankle by pitching the bloody-sock  game after a quick-fix procedure. We lionize Willis Reed for playing on an injured knee, after getting  a Carbocaine injection to block all pain signals from his leg to his brain.  So why are we upset when a player takes something to aid in his recovery from workouts? It’s not as though we’re a society opposed to enhancing performance. You can’t watch a sporting event 
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This note was uploaded on 06/28/2011 for the course ENGL 1102 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Fort Valley State University .

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