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Sports, after all, mirror our quick-fix society. Adderall has been dubbed the “academic steroid” for its prevalence on college campuses. A 2010 study by the National Survey on Drug Use Health said college students between ages 18 and 22 were twice as likely to use Adderall as their non-college contemporaries.

We’re a nation of pill-poppers. Forty-seven percent of U.S. adults are on at least one prescription drug, according to the Centers for Disease Control, with 2.6 billion drugs ordered after doctor’s visits in 2009 alone. The National Institutes of Health put the dietary supplement industry at $25 billion per year. The same group believes 20 percent of the country has taken prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons.

We’re searching for the same advantage as Rodriguez, Braun and the rest of the Biogenesis gang. Our faces just aren’t smeared across tabloid covers and ESPN, while pursued by teams of MLB investigators and lawyers.

Four years ago, Rodriguez admitted doping with the Rangers from 2001 to 2003. The confession came when results leaked from MLB’s 2003 survey testing. Rodriguez and 103 other players came back positive for banned substances in the first effort to see if mandatory testing was needed. None faced suspensions.

That didn’t dissuade Rodriguez from the alleged needle-deep involvement with Biogenesis. Neither did a career once on an arc to the Baseball Hall of Fame and, perhaps, the all-time career home run record. Neither did signing the two largest contracts in the game’s history. That wasn’t enough. The possible consequences weren’t, either.

He wanted more. He wanted an edge.