Kevin Youkilis is a fan of baseball’s drug-testing program, so much so that he is still surprised every time he hears that a player has flunked an exam.
“If guys are going to cheat, they’re going to cheat,” Youkilis said. “They’re also going to get caught now more than ever. Some guys believe in stricter rules, some guys believe that what’s working is working. I never really think about it other than when guys get caught. It’s crazy to think guys are still trying to get away with it, because the testing is unbelievable.”
Youkilis has played in the majors for nine seasons, and according to him, he’s never been tempted to use any type of performance-enhancing drugs.
“I never even thought about it,” he said. “I was always secure with myself. I was just trying to make it to the major leagues, and if I couldn’t do it, I couldn’t do it. I take more pride in the fact that I’ve done what I’ve done without all that stuff.
“I’ve always been of the mind-set that you have to be secure within yourself about what you’ve done in your career. You have to live with what you do for the rest of your life. You have to live with it. I know I’ve been clean my whole life, and I feel fortunate that I never felt like I had to go that route.”
The 33-year-old has seen several of his teammates embroiled in PED controversy, from Manny Ramirez to David Ortiz and now, Alex Rodriguez. Youkilis insists that he harbors no resentment toward any player who is embroiled in the scandal, although he wishes more of them would own up to their mistakes.
“It never bothered me that other guys were taking it,” Youkilis said. “The only thing that bothered me is when people deny it over and over, then finally come out and say they did it. We live in a forgiving society. If you come out and say you made a mistake, so be it.”
Youkilis believes the current penalties — a 50-game suspension for a first offense, 100 for a second and a lifetime ban for a third — are strong enough, pointing to the fact that only seven players were nabbed last season.


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