Man if this isn't the most ironic story of the year. Comeback Kid Rick Ankiel has been linked to a massive HGH scandal. And now comes the most fun part of it all.
How are you going to react?
Yeah you. The one who's been raising hell since it was first reported that Bonds was on steroids. You bitched and moaned and talked about the integrity of the game and how Bonds had ruined it. Of course that may just be because you hate Bonds because he's an arrogant prick (which is true) and steroids gave you the opportunity to vent your rage. But steroids were the anchor, the key.
So if you got on your high horse during Bonds' steroid fueled run, then you sure as hell better get on that horse again for Ankiel. In your mind Ankiel should be as guilty as Bonds, because for all intents and purposes he "cheated" the same way Bonds did.
But wait, you say, that's not true. Ankiel stopped taking HGH before it was banned by baseball in 2005 and he had a prescription - although you know quite well from the story that the prescription was total bullshit. That's all true, but also remember that McGwire, Sosa, and Bonds all used steroids before they were officially banned by baseball in 2002.
Despite those damning similarities, I'm sure you'll come up with some other way to rationalize it to yourself. That maybe he was using it for recovery. Or maybe you'll say, well, he hasn't broken any major records, so I don't care. Or his story is so great who cares.
But deep down you know that's wrong. He's the same as Bonds. Bonds used steroids to gain an edge in hitting home runs. Ankiel used HGH to gain an edge in reinventing himself as a ballplayer.
You buried Bonds gleefully, and now you've got to do it to Ankiel, whether you like it or not. Otherwise, you're one huge hypocrite and you know it.