Byrd Revelation Casts Pall Over Indians-Red Sox Game 7

I have said that game sevens are heaven—seventh heaven if you will—for baseball fans. It is unfortunate when anything takes away from those magical games. But a blog called Sports and Ethics can’t ignore the current revelation about Cleveland starter Paul Byrd.

“Byrd, whose win in Game 4 of the ALCS moved the Indians within one victory of the World Series, bought nearly $25,000 worth of human growth hormone and syringes from 2002 to 2005, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday.” (Read the full report here.)

Baseball doesn’t need this. One normally associates steroids with power hitters, like the accusations against Barry Bonds. But a non-superstar-type player seems to have the most to gain from such use. Byrd has denied the accusations in the past. The timing of this revelation seems political, like something that would happen near election time. Game 7 is the closest to election time in baseball there is. It is a shame to see this now. It is even a worse shame if it is true.

No matter what happens, we will be hearing a lot more on this. If the Indians pull one out tonight, it will become front and center until the end of the World Series.

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4 Responses to “Byrd Revelation Casts Pall Over Indians-Red Sox Game 7”


  1. 1 Beppo October 22, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    The timing is rather unfortunate. The Indians had enough trouble for game 7 without all the players being asked about that.

    While I agree that steroids need to be dealt with, it may be time for baseball to cut its losses. What I mean is, they didn’t ban HGH until 2005, and Byrd was taking this before then. And until recently they didn’t really test for steroids in general. The players knew they shouldn’t, but baseball largely ignored the problem. Why would they expect thousands of athletes to resist that temptation when there was no penalty? (I’m not saying that excuses them taking steroids.) You can’t expect that many people to do the right thing just because it’s the right thing. There’s few people that do that in life in general…

    Basically, I’m saying the leadership over MLB is largely at fault, because they knew about this problem and did nothing about it for years. And some of the other sports are guilty, too.

  2. 2 yorel47 October 22, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    Byrd is claiming innocence based on a doctor’s prescription. It would be nice if he is not on the hook ethically.


  1. 1 My Personal “Keep Me Up To Date On The Top News” blog » Byrd Revelation Casts Pall Over Indians-Red Sox Game 7 Trackback on October 21, 2007 at 3:56 pm
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