“Hell yeah I would have used them,” Strawberry said. “Are you kidding me? I mean, c’mon. Some things are part of what athletes go through and they happen …We’re competitive creatures, and we have tremendous drive, a high tolerance, all these things. I’m not saying that it was the right thing to do. But if that was going on in the 80s, that probably would have been in my system too.”
Straw: they were around in the 80s. It’s just that you were too coke and boozed up to notice. We do appreciate the candor, however.
You know, Strawberry has a book about his wild years coming out soon. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that his admissions about how his out of control behavior and wasted promise negatively impacted pennant races for his teams won’t get nearly the tut-tutting by the sporting press that has greeted A-Rod and Bonds’ efforts to help their teams, however misguided they may have been. I mean, A-Rod may have been giving the Rangers an unfair adavantage, but didn’t the unfair advantage Strawberry gave to the 1987 Cardinals, 1989 Cubs, and 1990 Pirates cause more damage? Unlike the Rangers, those teams actually won something.