According to Deadspin.com, in his new book, The Rocket that Fell to Earth, about Roger Clemens, author Jeff Pearlman writes of Mike Piazza and steroids, saying:
“According to several sources, when the subject of performance enhancing was broached with reporters he especially trusted, Mike Piazza fessed up. “Sure, I use,” he told one. “But in limited doses, and not all that often.” (Piazza has denied using performance-enhancing drugs, but there has always been speculation.)
Whether or not it was Piazza’s intent, the tactic was brilliant: By letting the media know, of the record, Piazza made the information that much harder to report. Writers saw his bulging muscles, his acne-covered back. They certainly heard the under-the-breath comments from other major league players, some who considered Piazza’s success to be 100 percent chemically delivered.
“He’s a guy who did it, and everybody knows it,” Reggie Jefferson, the longtime major league first baseman, told Pearlman.
“It’s amazing how all these names, like Roger Clemens, are brought up, yet Mike Piazza goes untouched.”
Pearlman quotes an anonymous major league veteran, who played against Piazza as saying, “There was nothing more obvious than Mike on steroids… Everyone talked about it, everyone knew it.”
Pearlman adds, “When asked, on a scale of 1 to 10, to grade the odds that Piazza had used performance enhancers,” the player told him, “A 12.”
…i’m not sure what to say… i mean, i think i have been pretty clear by now that i just don’t care about the past and steroids… it is what it is… sadly, i just assume every one did it, and i move on… knowing pearlman is true or false will not alter how much i enjoyed watching the late 90’s Mets…
…also, i just can’t tolerate the phony outrage from fans and media who do their best to care about this ‘issue,’ because i know in my heart of hearts that if piazza stepped to the plate against Mariano Rivera in the 2000 World Series, then stepped out, admitted he used steroids and then stepped back in the box, the same number of fans would have cheered him on regardless… so, how can i pretend to deal with this now…
…all i care about today is that the game as a business does its best to keep itself clean and on the level, assuming it wants to be clean and on the level… this way, i know the opposition is equal to my team, and, additionally, so men who do not want to hurt their bodies can have the same opportunity to succeed as people who might be willing to take that risk…