Bronson Arroyo On PEDs

This is by no means a full in-depth post (or even about the Orioles specifically), but it’s something I think was very interesting to read.  From USA Today, via The Book Blog, it’s a story about Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo and performance enhancing drugs in baseball.

“I take 10 to 12 different things a day, and on the days I pitch, there’s four more things. There’s a caffeine drink I take from a company that (former teammate) Curt Schilling introduced me to in ‘05. I take some Korean ginseng and a few other proteins out there that are not certified. But I haven’t failed any tests, so I figured I’m good…

I took androstenedione the same way I took my multivitamins. I didn’t really know if this was a genius move by Mark McGwire to cover up the real s—- he was taking, but it made me feel unbelievable. I felt like a monster…

People can think what they want of me. I don’t give a f—-…

At the end of the day, you think anybody really (cares) whether Manny Ramirez’s kidneys fail and he dies at 50? You were happy if the Red Sox won 95 games. You’d go home, have a cookout with your family. No big deal…

If Mark McGwire is hitting 60 homers, the only thing that matters is his performance. People don’t own teams to lose money. If you ask any owner whether they would rather make $20 million and come in last place or lose $20 million and win a World Series, there’s only one guy who honestly would take that championship: George Steinbrenner (of the Yankees). Nobody else…

I think most of us believed we’d be way over 5%. You knew for a fact there were a lot more guys taking the stuff five years prior to that…

I think I could have had the same career without andro. The best years of my career have been after they enacted the steroids policy…

That stuff’s like bubblegum compared to steroids. You’re playing (night games) in L.A., you fly across the country, and you’re pitching a day game at Wrigley (Field in Chicago). You telling me you don’t want something to wake you up? You have half this country, maybe more, that can’t function without a cup of coffee. You don’t want me to get Albert Pujols out? Give me a break. If you give me (the amphetamine) Adderall, and I strike out Pujols in the seventh inning with the bases loaded, there’s a pretty good chance I’m going to want to take that Adderall the next time…

You think this country really cares about what ballplayers put in their bodies? If we really care, why are we pumping Coca-Cola in every kid’s mouth, and McDonald’s, and Burger King and KFC? That (stuff) is killing people…

Whether you think it’s right or wrong, the union is there to make sure we look good in the media, make as much money as we possibly can and continue our career as long as we possibly can…

I don’t regret a thing. Neither should anyone else.”

Is Arroyo now a hero for telling the truth? Absolutely not.  But it is a somewhat refreshing change of pace from the usual “I didn’t do anything, nobody did anything… I’m outraged that some people on other teams cheated”, etc. This is, as Tango said, a workplace issue.  If the workers (players) don’t want this stuff in the sport then they’d get together and impose the harshest possible testing and penalties.  Also, this really is one of those things where the media seems to care a good deal more than the fans.  And the media, of course, was writing all those encouraging stories about McGwire and Sosa during their home run chase instead of looking into the “cheating” going on in the sport. Less self-righteousness please.