John Rocker, the formerly disgraced Atlanta Braves closer who years after retirement acknowledged having used steroids during his career, said in a radio interview that PED use in Major League Baseball helped transform it into a more appealing sport.

"Honestly, and this may go against what some people think from an ethical standpoint, I think it was the better game," Rocker said on Cleveland's 92.3 The Fan, a CBS affiliate. "At the end of the day when people are paying their $80, $120, whatever it may be, to buy their ticket and come watch that game, it's almost like the circus is in town.

"They are paid to be entertained. They wanna see some clown throw a fastball 101 mph and some other guy hit it 500 feet. That's entertainment. You're paying to be entertained."

Rocker, who lives in Atlanta, told the Cleveland radio station the so-called steroid era in baseball "was a mesmerizing time for every baseball fan out there."

"Was there anything more entertaining than 1998 -- I don't care how each man got there -- was there anything more entertaining than 1998? ..." Rocker said. "Watching Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire chase 61 home runs?"

Once graced with a rocket arm that helped fuel the waning years of the Braves' golden age, Rocker is now more known for errantly shooting from the hip.