Double standards concerning PEDs could ruin baseball forever

Oct 13, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte (middle) talks with catcher Russell Martin (left) and third baseman Alex Rodriguez (right) in the 6th inning during game one of the 2012 ALCS against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Let me just start off by saying, Andy Pettitte has been, and always will be, one of my favorite pitchers to watch. He’s the definition of consistent, and always played the game the right way.

Well, sort of.

There is a small, usually forgotten blemish on the resume of the left-hander. The ‘good ole’ Texan’ was an admitted PED-user.

Five years ago, in February 2008, Pettitte admitted to receiving injections of HGH (human growth hormone) twice in one day in 2004, via a prescription for his seriously ill father.

He also recalled during this testimony that former teammate Roger Clemens had told him he had also recently received injections of HGH – a claim that Clemens vehemently denied in the coming weeks.

Just a few short weeks later, Pettitte came to camp with the New York Yankees, and issued an apology to both New York and Houston fans for his offenses. Fast forward to 2013, and the PED scandal continues to grow in size and scale thanks to another Yankees’ star – Alex Rodriguez.

His admission that was hardly forthcoming likely plays a large role in why everyone – and I use that term fairly loosely – despises A-Rod for his cheating, despite the fact that Pettite – one of the most beloved icons in Yankees history – committed the same offense.

What this comes down to is people appreciate honesty. The country boy charm and emotional apology of Andy Pettitte was enough to wipe the slate clean for most baseball fans, in regards to the southpaw’s transgressions. However, the dog-and-pony show that is the Alex Rodriguez saga has turned the New York third baseman into one of the most despited athletes of all-time.

We need fair standards. No matter who you are, what you look like or what you’ve done for the game, you need the same treatment. I think Bud Selig has used Rodriguez as a poster boy for the Steroid Era, while letting others – such as Pettitte – walk away seemingly unscathed.

If baseball can’t be fair, then what can be?

Topics: Alex Rodriguez, Andy Pettitte, MLB, New York Yankees, PED

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  • Corethree

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  • Thomas Katona

    Bonds is one guy who still holds the HR record! No one even says his name about ped use! Why is that?don’t tell me they looked the other way. It’s Babe’s record & should always be. Bonds shouldn’t be considered for the hall either. Most of the players who used the shit didn’t need to!

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