I want to make one thing pretty clear. I've just about had it with this whole steroid controversy, what with it's secret lists and tainted records and bloody syringes. I'm having a hard time even caring about it, because as Craig pointed out below, absolutely nothing surprises us anymore. We've become desensitized to it all.
As baseball fans, we've forced ourselves to look the other way just to move on and enjoy the game we love. Take a look at Mannywood, for example. Baseball in the late-90s and early 2000s are like a troubled uncle. Yeah, the dude was pretty messed up for a while, but he keeps saying he has cleaned himself up. Let's just give him the benefit of the doubt, okay? He'll turn himself around. Really, he will.
That said, it's quite different when news like this concerns the team you root for. Even though I'm not a Red Sox fan, seeing David Ortiz hit that home run against Paul Quantrill in Game Four of the 2004 ALCS was one of my favorite memories as a baseball fan. It was positively thrilling. But I can't help but look at Ortiz differently now. I've grown quite tired of reconsidering all the moments I have enjoyed.
I'm mad at these players, but cognizant that performance enhancing drugs aren't so cut and dry. Thus, it's not so easy to just pass judgement on them. Even Bob Gibson has said that he might have considered using PEDs if they had been around during his time. We have to accept that we are watching and rooting for some very competitive individuals. Not just against the other team, but in even keeping a roster spot. This do-whatever-it-takes attitude is what made David Ortiz from a mere nice player in Minnesota to a prolific slugger in Boston. As long as there are advantages to be had, players will seek them out. Period.