Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and steroids

I’m not a huge baseball fan. Since the early 1990’s, the baseball players’ union has been instrumental in turning me off to the game. In the past, the union has challenged testing for performance-enhancing steroids of its players, arguing that it invades their privacy. This has prompted Congress to subpoena a number of players and former players to testify before the House of Representatives. Players and managers are now opposed to this, realizing that Congress may be overstepping its boundaries.

I don’t know if Congress has any authority to investigate the drug-usage of private sector employees. But thinking about the players’ union’s argument against drug testing, I truly think that it’s absolute crap. Everywhere I’ve ever worked, the employer had a right to test employees for drug use. Most Americans don’t even know who I am, yet I have to submit to testing. On the other hand, there are thousands (maybe even millions) that know and watch many of the players involved in this issue, yet the players have privacy rights. Does that make sense to anyone? Since when does celebrity receive such special rights that are not provided to the entire general population? There is one word for that: Tyranny.

ABC News: Subpoenas to Be Sent in Baseball Steroid Probe

Reuters: House Panel Subpoenas Baseball Stars

Reuters: Baseball Owners and Players Set to Ignore Subpoenas