No one was surprised.
But still, the news hurt.
One of baseball’s biggest stars, a man who ranks in the top 10 in all-time home runs along with names like Robinson, Griffey, Mays, Ruth and Aaron, is a cheater. A fraud.
In the midst of the scandal, I spoke with Mark Fainaru-Wada, an investigative journalist who along with colleague Lance Williams wrote “Game of Shadows.” In the 2006 tell-all best-seller, Fainaru-Wada and Williams exposed the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative and owner Victor Conte for supplying performance-enhancing drugs to some of the world’s top athletes, most notably disgraced home run king Barry Bonds.
So I asked Fainaru-Wada, what do you make of the latest scandal?
“I think people are completely kidding themselves if they think the era is over,” he said over the phone. “The whole point of BALCO was these athletes were using a range of drugs that they could use without getting caught.”
It occurs to me now that I left out a key detail. The man we were talking about in the interview wasn’t Alex Rodriguez, as you might believe after his 211-game suspension was announced Monday. You see, this conversation took place in 2010 when Mark McGuire admitted that he dabbled in PEDs during his playing days.
The sad, stark reality is Fainaru-Wada’s words are as true today — after Major League Baseball suspended 13 — as they were more than three years ago.
No one was surprised.
Return to Mountain State exciting for new sports writer
When I packed my belongings out of my Morgantown apartment in May, fresh with a journalism degree from West Virginia University, I thought I had ended a chapter of my life and closed the book on my experience inside the great Mountain State forever.
It wasn’t until I received a phone call back in my hometown of Canton, Ohio, from the Times West Virginian that the idea of a return to the area became a possibility. The opportunity to begin my professional career in an area that I’ve become comfortable with for the past several years was too good to pass by.
Black Diamond Express looking to add elite players
Travel sports are said to be the cream of the crop for young athletes.
Generally, youth are selected to play on travel league teams based upon a heightened skill level or an ability that exceeds the everyday athlete.
That’s what the Black Diamond Express softball team in Morgantown is looking for, along with a few new elite players.
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All tickets claimed for LeBron’s homecoming show
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Lawyer: Wife plotted to take over Sterling trust
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Were Bowlsby’s fears about college athletics’ future justified?
I have never met or even talked to Bob Bowlsby, commissioner of the Big 12 Conference.
But I did read a lengthy story on his 45-minute address to reporters last week on Media Day in Dallas, Texas. Among other things, Bowlsby forecast a startling change threatening the existence of intercollegiate athletics as we have known for these many, many years.
Steelers’ Wheaton eyeing chance after tough rookie year
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Post 17 falls short in Area II championship
Sometimes getting a bad game out of your system is what a team needs.
Post 17 Fairmont is hoping that they’ve now gotten all of its bad games out of the way, falling to Post 2 Morgantown, 10-0, via a 7th inning mercy rule, crowning Morgantown Area II American Legion champions.
After playing 18 innings the night before, Fairmont couldn’t seem to get anything going at East Fairmont High School Sunday afternoon.
As rain clouds loomed over the field, so, too, did one settle in over Post 17’s offense, Fairmont collecting just four hits the entire game.
“Definitely not one of our better games as a team,” Fairmont’s Austin Norman said of his team’s performance. “We’ll come up tomorrow, hit and get on the same page.”
Harrison’s 4 hits leads Pirates past Rockies, 7-5
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