Sunday, August 9, 2009

Streetalk: Your thoughts on baseball's steroid scandal?

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Matthew, 10: It's cheating, and it's just not right. It's not good for your body, either. Just not smart. I'd be very disappointed if any of the Braves used them. I'm a big fan and I'd hate to lose any of them, but if they're caught they should be suspended for a little while — but then be able to come back and play. I would have liked Manny Ramirez a lot more if he hadn't used steroids. He was one of my favorite players. I'm very aware of what's going on [with steroids], but not many of my friends talk about it.

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Rachel, 16: More players than David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez used steroids. A lot of players did, and that should be taken into account — that it wasn't just them. They should say everybody or nobody. They shouldn't just pick and choose. But the suspension for Manny should have been longer. Most of my friends [in Los Angeles] don't agree with me. I'm less of a Manny fan now. Baseball has lost some of its magic — because looking back, not everything is what it seemed.

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Denham, 11: They should be suspended for 80 games. It really affects the game and how I watch it. I wonder if Albert Pujols does them, with all the records he has. But I don't think the list should be released, because a lot of people won't come. They'll think they're all juiced and no one wants to watch them. My friends and I talk about players who we think may have done steroids. When you see players that are juiced up, it takes away from the game because it's not how the game was supposed to be played. Players like David Ortiz really disappoint me. I really liked him and Alex Rodriguez.

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