HELP! McCarver’s buckethead just sprung a nasty leak and all sortsa gooey cerebrospinal fluid is splatter-matting!
During Tuesday night’s All-Star broadcast, I’d be willing to bet almost anything that at some point Tim McCarver will bring up his old battery-mate Bob Gibson as an example of the good ol’ days in baseball, when players didn’t take steroids and there were no pitch counts.
Gibson has certainly been making the rounds with the All-Star Game in St. Louis this year. Tuesday morning he did a spot with ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike, and the inevitable subject of steroids in baseball came up. In an incredibly honest answer, Gibson told the hosts that baseball players have been cheating for years and if it were up to him, he wouldn’t keep known steroid users out of the Hall of Fame. A longer version of his quote is after the jump .
Guys have always been cheating. Period. It just takes a little different form today. I’m just glad they didn’t have steroids when I was playing. I don’t know what I would have done. It’s very difficult to go out and perform when you know the guy next to you is taking steroids or some kind of drug to make you perform better and not do it yourself, to let this guy get an edge on you.
I don’t know that I really criticize the guys. Whoever the first guy is that started it, that’s the guy I criticize. The rest of the guys just followed suit. I don’t think its OK. I’m not sanctioning it, but I understand why it happens.”
When asked if players known to take performance-enhancing drugs should be in the Hall of Fame, Gibson responded, “Oh yeah, I think so.”