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Bases Loaded: The Inside Story of the Steroid Era in Baseball by the Central Figure in the Mitchell Report Hardcover – January 27, 2009
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But the flaws are easily tolerated, and what cannot be ignored is the way this book pushes the debate on steroids and human growth hormone. Like Jose Canseco, Radomski sees the substances so many have harshly condemned as things that enhanced player health. According to Radomski, Senator Mitchell was surprised that he "continued to defend the use of steroids and growth by baseball players."
While stories about Radomski's relationships with various athletes probably fill too many pages, here's a very knowledgeable user and observer who says "growth hormones increased a player's healing ability." He says that although HGH doesn't "build muscle like steroids," it allowed athletes to "play at the peak of their abilities every day without enhancing their performance." Radomski sees HGH as something that let's the body heal more quickly than normal. Since "growth hormones promote healing while cortisone simply reduces pain," Radomski can't help but wonder why HGH is still illegal.Read more ›
"So-so told me too"
"He started it"
"It wasn't me"
"I didn't know"
"Everybody else did it"
That last one is my favorite because even full-grown adults use that lame excuse every day. Bases Loaded by Kirk Radomski is one big fat steroid-filled excuse. Much like Jose Canseco's Juiced, which signified the beginning of the end of the visible steroid era, Radomski spends the entire time trying to justify his actions and blaming everyone else for his problems.
Throughout the book, he tends to contradict his own beliefs. He regrets getting into the steroid world yet is happy he "helped" his baseball friends. He understands why his friends were silent during the investigation yet furious when no one talked. He is disinterested in baseball yet treats the game with great respect. He believes steroids make no difference for a good athlete, yet shows example after example how athletes would have been nobodies without steroids.
This book is extremely interesting. Without Kirk Radomski's testimony there would have been no Mitchell Report and Major League Baseball would have had their heads in sand for a little while longer.
The visible steroid era will be a constant black eye for baseball. There is no single victim and there is no one single culprit. Commissioner Bud Selig, the Players' Association, the press, and all the PED pushers are responsible for visible steroid era and no matter how hard we try to forget - dismissing records, shutting people of the Hall of Fame, etc, - the steroid era was a bad mistake that we all turned a blind eye to because we were having too much fun.
Except for me...I was too young to know what was going on.:)
I am an "old-school" baseball fan... and like most true fans... am mad at what has been done to the reputation of the game that was part of almost every American boy's youthful dreams. Though this story is told from a different perspective than the Canseco books... there is one distasteful trait that both authors have in common. They are both so egotistical about their "talents" and "expertise" in the use of steroids... human growth hormone (HGH)... and all the other illegally used drugs that have damaged the game... and sullied... the holiest... of holy... records. Where Canseco would brag that he was the pioneer of steroid use in baseball... the Godfather of steroids...Read more ›
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It's obvious the author hates Roger Clemens...and for good reason. However, the book seems to drone on and on about "I just wanted to help my friends" and "steroids... Read morePublished on June 16, 2014 by Alex
if you like baseball, roids, or both, read this book. It's not only fascinating, but funny as well. check it out.Published on June 10, 2014 by Chip J. Diggens
Not a lot of new information about the steroid scandal. Most of the book is about Radomski trying to rationalize what he did and make himself into a hero. Read morePublished on March 24, 2014 by dughowzer
This is a great book for anyone who has been intrigued by the PED scandal in major league baseball. It was shipped promptly and is in perfect condition.Published on October 21, 2013 by Diane
Whether you believe Radomski or not, this book gives an inside view of this debatable story of steroids. Good read.Published on September 1, 2013 by Michael A. Timchenko
I couldn't put this book down. Great story about how mlb turned into the sport as we know today. Sure the author has an ego but who cares? Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by C T.
Because he did ask me to buy for his birthday and told me it is a good book to read.Published on April 25, 2013 by Thomas Spruck