As sports fans around the country continue to lose their jobs, their insurance, their homes, their retirement savings and their pride, it is appalling that the government continues to spend millions of dollars investigating and prosecuting baseball players for steroid use. The reputations and bodies of Bonds, Rodriguez, Clemens and others are permanently damaged and the money could be better spent elsewhere, like our schools. How about using it for rebates to baseball fans to get rid of their toxic debt? Or give refunds to ticket holders who feel ripped off? Better yet, use it to bring back Manny to the Dodgers.
Steven Fondiler, Oak Park
One of the most astonishing conclusions from the sordid A-Rod doping revelations is the fact that his career October stats are actually inflated.
After a comprehensive and exhaustive analysis of A-Rod's facial and speech-recognition patterns, and an intense psychological study relating to behavioral patterns, I have determined how you can tell when he is lying: when his lips are moving
Bud Selig is the most impotent executive in sports history. He has direct proof that Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez used steroids. And he has done nothing. If this were the Olympics, Bonds and Rodriguez would be stripped of all records and suspended for several years. That's what happens to cheaters.
Inexplicably, Selig won't allow Pete Rose to enter a baseball stadium to watch a game, but he'll let Bonds, Rodriguez, and 103 other guys who tested positive play in those same games. Is there any greater proof that the steroids era happened (and continues to happen) with Selig's blessing?
Craig P. Fagan
Joe Torre says, "All of baseball shares the blame, including me." Really? How do you share the blame, Joe? What did you know? Because the "I'm naive" claim doesn't hold any water. You had a front-row seat to players getting astronomically bigger, stronger, quicker with their bats, their productivity jumping off the charts, and you didn't know? Heck, even I knew and I was sitting at home on the couch with a beer and remote.
Until all of baseball (owners, managers, coaches, and yes, you, Joe) tell the truth about steroids, those "black clouds" will never part.
Remember in the good old days when some of the best ballplayers were merely fall-down drunks?