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Alex Cabrero ReportingBaseball players are supposed to be good role models. Children across the country watch and imitate them. Alex Cabrero attended a high school baseball game earlier today to find out how all this steroid talk is affecting the game.
Spring and baseball are supposed to go hand-in-hand. This year, though, it's baseball and steroids. And even though Utah doesn't have a major league team, Olympus and Cottonwood High school fans are aware of this major league problem.
The sweet sounds of High School baseball. For Marilyn Colton she lives and dies with it. You might too if your son loved playing baseball as much as hers does.
Marilyn Colton, Baseball Mom: "Sure he does, and he also looks at his three older brothers who played baseball, and not one of them have been into that."
And if you're any kind of baseball fan, this year you sure know what that means.
Dave Hilton, Baseball Dad: “The drug test they have now, that’s nothing.”
Major league baseball and steroids have become a grand slam of a controversy.
Marilyn Colton: “I think it’s really sad because they are the role models for these young men coming up.”
There's no doubt baseball is big business now, and if a high school player is on the edge of getting a college scholarship, or if a college player is on the edge of getting a pro contract, you just never know.
Dave Hilton: “Kids will be kids. They’ll do whatever to improve their ability to play better.”
Not Brayden Colton.
Brayden Colton, Olympus High Baseball Player: “It could kill you. It could ruin everything.”
It's nice to know these high school players get it, even better this little leaguer gets it.
Travis Martin, 12 Years Old: "It's kind of disappointing because they're really good players and all, and if they're doing that kind of stuff, then they shouldn't be able to play and stuff."
If only it were that simple. The Utah Department of Human Services reports in 2003 two and a half percent of Utah 8th graders admitted to using steroids in the past. Three-percent in 10th grade, and three-and-a-half percent in 12th grade.
Steroids aren’t considered a major problem here in Utah. Hopefully seeing what the pros are going through will keep it that way.