Fans React to Mitchell Report

By: Kelly Creswell Email
By: Kelly Creswell Email

The Mitchell Report has come as a shock to some, because it lists big name players like Roger Clemens and Miguel Tejada.

Locally, fans had been waiting all day for the report to come out and even though they say they knew some players were using drugs, they were shocked to hear some of their sports heroes where among those listed in the report.

Doug Ley was a huge Atlanta Braves fan growing up and his favorite player was David Justice, one of the players listed in the Mitchell Report.

"I was thinking that all the home runs and all of the RBI's could be tainted and it's a little bit depressing and he's retired and everything now but I lost a little bit of respect for him," says Ley.

An Orioles fan, Brian Roberts, says he might change his baseball viewing because of the results of this report.

"He's one of my favorite players in the majors now, and you know he does a lot of the extra stuff the team needs, but the fact that he might be using steroids, might be, makes it a little bit depressing and I probably won't be following baseball not as much as near as I used to just because this really brings the sport down," says Ley.

Some fans aren't surprised some of the players use performance enhancing drugs.

"It's basically, if they want to get paid and want to be one of those high-paid players, that they need to perform. So that they almost feel like they need to use these performance enhancing drugs to be on the top of their game," says Yankees fan Brian Lane.

While some fans believe this will taint the game of baseball, they are trying to move forward.

"I was stuck with being an O's fan and they've been horrible for a while so I guess I'll keep it going and hope that they start playing the way they should and play right, and go on from there," says Mitch Dalton, another Orioles fan.

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says he would take Mitchell's advice to take action and to do something about the drug use. And while the baseball world will try to move on, fans are saying that this report will change the future of America's past time.


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