Left, Right, Left, Right, a standard military march that has represented the way that the baseball has flown off the bat of Chris Davis in 2013. With the occasional moonshot over the center field wall, Davis has been nothing but consistent at the plate all year.
However, his powerful numbers from the plate has lead to the automatic speculations coming for the fans and media and that have haunted the game of baseball—the use of PED’s
Performance Enhancing Drugs, also known as steroids or the “juice”, has plagued the game of baseball for years, but not until recent times has it been relevant and revealed.
It’s sad that a game of such historical importance has been tainted by cheaters and abusers that have stained a bad name to the game.
Asterisks have followed the great players of baseball and their achievements, such as Barry Bonds*. Whether or not Bonds used steroids or not, other names such as Alex Rodriguez* and Manny Ramirez* are a few active players that have contributed to the steroids scandal.
The sport has, and forever will be, represented by talented players that have tried to beat the system, and haunt those who just have that raw talent for the game—i.e. Chris Davis.
Davis has always been a powerful slugger throughout his career, putting up homerun numbers that have been respectable, but not suspicious—until now.
As of June 5th 2013, Davis has left the ballpark 32 times, has driven in 83 runs, and has legged out 26 two baggers—impressive numbers that have Davis outdoing his 2012 numbers by a long shot.
A long shot indeed, but like any other successful batters, Davis has been labeled by fans from all over as a steroid user.
It’s unfortunate that people think that Davis is on steroids just because the guy leads the majors in homeruns but because when he hits them—well he hits them.
The guy is 230 pounds of brute force with the genetics to do what he does. Yet, fans can’t see that?
Davis is from the small town of Longview, Texas. He could be just a farm boy who hauled bales of hay and eventually turned out to be this big framed stud.
However, fans and media continue to put stereotypes on players not because of their success, but because of the steroid users from the past.
The haters will continue to drink the proverbial “haterade”, while Baltimore fans will continue to love what they see from Davis.
And like the military, Davis is a force to be reckoned with in 2013.