There was some sad news in the sports entertainment world yesterday. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, a famous former pro wrestler, passed away of a heart attack. Piper is not the first former wrestler to succumb to this fate, but his death does lead to questions about the safety of the methods many of these athletes used to gain their strength, and its long term effects. In the 70s and 80s it was extremely common for wrestlers and body builders to use steroids in order to increase their stamina, and artificially bolster their physique. In today’s sports entertainment, steroids have been completely banned due to their adverse effects, but many people who have taken these drugs in the past are now stuck with the sad realization that they may be a ticking time bomb. Over the past few years, many former wrestlers have died of heart attacks, all while they are in superb physical shape for their respective ages, and all without legitimate prior warning. The benefit that steroids seemingly brought many of these athletes in their youth is directly leading to their demise, and there seems to be no way to effectively prevent these terrible tragedies from occurring. I am saddened by the loss of Roddy Piper, even more so by the fact that he seemed to be in perfect health. I just hope that wrestling organizations will look at situations like this as a call to change. I would love to see the WWE and other companies improve their efforts to prevent steroid in future generations.
Alex Rodriguez joined an exclusive club yesterday, he became the 29th player in MLB history to tally up 3000 hits, and he managed to accomplish this feat in stellar fashion as he did it with a homerun. Before last night only two other players have managed to hit a homerun for their 3000th hit and it is only fitting that Arod, wearing number 13, would make his 13th homerun of the season his 3000th hit. Alex Rodriguez is one of the most hated athletes in America due to the fact that he admitted steroid use, but I really don’t think the people who hate him realize just how talented he actually is. I understand that steroids and other performance enhancing drugs do help athletes work out harder and stay healthy, but they can not give people the ability to hit the ball. I don’t think baseball players should be penalized for using PEDs, because at the height of the drugs’ popularity, the use was rampant in the league, and the most talented players were the only ones benefitting from their “effects.” For every Mark McGuire there was a Jeremy Giambi, although they were both on the drugs, they had drastically different careers, and this is due to the talent gap between them. The very real talent gap between Arod and other users of PEDs is my major reason for believing Arod and these other “cheaters” belong in the Hall of Fame. As it stands, the hall of fame is and will always be without several very talented players, I just hope the MLB will take the time to reevaluate the blame, and give players like Arod a shot at being immortalized in the hall of fame for their legendary careers.