The answer is yes…
“A-Rod’s numbers shouldn’t count for anything,” Oswalt said in a phone interview with MLB.com. “I feel like he cheated me out of the game.”
Oswalt’s feelings extend to other proven steroids users as well.
“The ones that have come out and admitted it, and are proven guilty, [their numbers] should not count. I’ve been cheated out of the game,” Oswalt continued. “This is my ninth year, and I’ve done nothing to enhance my performance, other than work my butt off to get guys out.”
It was the last game for me in ’08 and I had hoped the Rockies would leave me with a win.
This isn’t what I saw. Instead, I witnessed one of the most impressive pitching displays I have ever seen in person. The Houston Astros Roy Oswalt would take the win with a complete-game one- hitter over my Rockies.
This guy was throwing in the mid 90’s in the eigth inning. He had pitched the entire game and I could not believe what I was seeing. Oswalt has a career 1.84 ERA versus the Rockies and he’s definitely a Rockies killer, but I now can love him despite that.
After reading his comments on Arod and steroids I took a sigh of relief as I could rest assured this guy was doing it right.
No, I am not naive and believe every player who has come out and said he didn’t do steroids in believable. But Oswalt wasn’t just coming out, he was busting out with anger and resentment for everyone who has used steroids and, “cheated him out of the game.”
It’s tough today to decide who is real and who is not. I think every fan fears the 103 unknown players because who’s to say it is not your favorite player. It’s a loaded gun with one bullet and nobody really wants to play Russian roulette.
Nobody wants to tarnish a memory or an image of a player maybe they have carried with them for who knows how long.
Houston Astros fans and baseball fans, in my opinion, can put at least one guy in the done it right clean column. Hopefully, before it is all said and done, we will have a lot more guys in that column with no doubt what-so-ever.
Photo- Chicago Sun-TImes