Former major-league pitcher John Rocker says baseball is more interesting to watch when the players are using steroids.
Rocker acknowledged using performance-enhancing drugs while he was with the Atlanta Braves and said after he was done playing that 40 percent to 50 percent of major leaguers were doing the same.
"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. "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 cited the 1998 home-run chase between Sammy Sosa and McGwire as evidence.
"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?"
Rocker's career ended in 2003 after pitching for six seasons with the Braves, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays.