Last night I watched the first part of Ken Burns followup to Bsaeball, The Tenth Inning. Overall it was fantastic, just as the original documentary was. There was one part that stuck out for me though. Much of the show, as expected, was either covertly or overtly about steroids and how it affected the game. At one point, the speaker was the genius comedian Chris Rock, and he said (paraphrasing from memory), “who wouldn’t take a pill to make more money at their job? You would [motioning to Ken Burns off camera]. If you could take a pill to get paid like Steven Spielberg, you’d take it, everyone would.” Ouch! I’d never thought of it in those terms, and if I dig deep, I’d have to admit, reluctantly, that I would. This does not excuse what all the juicers did for all those years, but it makes it more understandable. Thoughts?
Sep 29 2010