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SATURDAY, DEC. 15, 2007, 12:22 A.M.

ThomG: Steroids, HGHs Aren’t Whole Story

I'm torn. I love baseball and I was initially angered by the steroid accusations and the entire specter of cheating within my beloved sport. But I wonder how different is this than corked bats and spitballs? Babe Ruth hit all his home runs with dead balls and hangovers, Barry Bonds had year-round trainers and juiced balls- he'd have hit a ton whether he was juiced, or not. And then I look at some of the names on the list, for every Barry Bond and Roger Clemens there is a Cody McKay and Jack Cust. If steroids made an athlete great why aren't McKay and Cust Hall of Fame names? No steroids didn't hit 762 home runs or win 354 games and strikeout 4672 batters, individual, talented athletes did those things. Did steroids help? Maybe, I don't know, but steroids alone are not the measurer of the accomplishment/ThomG.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.