At a time when the steroids issue so pervades sports and prescription drugs inundate our culture, many see an operation like this and shake their heads. So desensitized are we to steroid talk and hearings that new news seems like old news.
The Mitchell Report, which followed more than a year and a half of investigation and cost million to produce, said rejuvenation centers like PBRC "troll the internet for customers, corrupt physicians who write prescriptions for patients they have not seen, and compounding pharmacies [which make drugs from raw ingredients] that fill these dubious prescriptions and deliver performance enhancing substances to end users by mail." The report describes allegations about Roger Clemens and the widespread steroid dealings of former New York Mets batboy Kirk Radomski but says, "As serious as Kirk Radomski's illegal distribution network was before it was shut down by federal agents, the threat to baseball posed by illegal sales of performance enhancing substances over the internet is greater." District Attorney Soares' office claims these businesses were no more than boiler rooms or call centers set up to streamline illegal drug sales over the internet by connecting through cyberspace only crooked doctors with the most desperate players in the game.
It's the annual dawn of each season, when vivacious young hopefuls play catch with millionaire all-stars. " When Pujols the most popular Cardinal was done taking batting practice, fans wanted to know where the second most popular player was.
That was the scene on a February morning at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, spring training home of the St. Dozens of players who likely will never play an inning of a meaningful game in the big leagues struggled to impress assistant coaches in fielding drills and batting practice perhaps their only chance to wear the famed Cardinal red. Parents and grandparents ate hot dogs and sipped beer as children in ball caps clung to the chain-link fence, begging for fragments of broken bats or old balls, calling their heroes by name: "There's Troy Glaus! He was the best story in sports in 2007, the man people compared to Robert Redford's character in The Natural. Still, there were enough sights and smells to satiate even the most curious children and autograph seekers. Louis fan who played a resident of Munchkinland in The Wizard of Oz telling stories by the bleachers.
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Grass doesn't get any greener than on major-league baseball's spring training fields.