ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Fortunately for St. Louis Cardinals fans, the recent steroids scandal doesn’t affect any current Redbirds but that hasn’t stopped local residents from weighing in.
Outside the ticket window at Busch Stadium, fans seemed eager to punish New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, the biggest star in a list of many who will be punished for their involvement with performance enhancing drugs.
“If that’s what he did, he needs to be out of baseball forever. He needs to be gone,” one man said.
“You give a guy a $50,000 fine when he’s making $20 million, it’s like you pulling $10 out of your pocket right now so they have to definitely get tougher,” another added.
Rodriguez plans to appeal his 214-game drug suspension related to the Biogenesis case and play Monday night for the Yankees against the White Sox, according to people involved the case. But he may be the only one of 13 or so players to appeal.
For fans outside Busch, the steroid era of Major League Baseball was spoken of in a disappointing tone.
“The tainting of everything we enjoyed growing up, it’s disturbing,” a fan said.
“Everyone knows it’s wrong and the players who play fairly, they don’t really get rewarded for playing fairly,” another man added.
Most say it wouldn’t change their opinion if a current St. Louis Cardinal had been accused of breaking the rules. They feel cheating of any sort has no place in the sport.
“I think it needs to be tough, like the Olympics. Our kids are playing this game, you know?”