The majority of you who read this probably felt these emotions during baseball’s Biogenesis scandal: disappointment, anger, sadness and maybe some satisfaction. All worthy feelings. I felt differently. I felt optimistic.

It put me in a good mood. It was a dark day for baseball when one of the game’s elite, Ryan Braun, agreed to be suspended for the rest of the 2013 season – hence admitting he had lied vehemently to the media and the public about his use of PEDs and also, in the process, destroyed a person who made a mistake while trying to do his job. In the end, there were consequences – albeit light (all things considered). Braun will still come back next year to the Milwaukee Brewers, with $100 million waiting for him. It put me in a good mood because we are moving forward with how baseball is going to handle this, and it’s fluid. The punishment levied will not be a standing precedent.

Alex Rodriguez is going to lose his career. The suspension has been administered (and is currently under appeal). If it holds, which is expected, A-Rod will be 40 and a shadow of his former playing self. Injuries and declining power and speed made him a liability before Biogenesis. This is the bed the Yankees made and they are looking for any excuse to not only get out of that bed, but leave the house completely. This will give them that opportunity.

So why was I optimistic? The players union is going to go along with this. Make no mistake about it, they are the organization to blame for this huge mess. You can point to the players, but all athletes across sports look for an edge. And the players union in baseball (certainly the strongest in all of sports, if not the world) made it virtually impossible to administer punishments for its players during the “steroid era.”

Today they are onboard. Their players are onboard. They want PEDs out. They’re tired of it, as no doubt you are of hearing and currently reading about it. I wrote earlier that this is fluid. I believe so, because this will change how baseball punishes its players for performance enhancing drug use. Presently it’s 50 games for your first offense, 100 for your second and a lifetime ban for your third. This will get stiffer. There’s been talk of a “no-tolerance” type of punishment, a lifetime ban under your first. I don’t believe it will go that far, however I do believe that 50-game first offense will go away – and we will still have the latter two punishments. In the next collective bargaining agreement between the players union and baseball, I believe the owners and commissioner will get the option to void contracts after a failed PED test. This will eliminate PED use in the game.

That is why I am optimistic.

This is a mess right now, but it’s the grease fire that was necessary to burn down the kitchen. It had to happen. Now you can rebuild it. And in that vein, change how players and kids enter this great game – which is pressure to cheat to be the best, or even just to get in. It has to come on merit. If not, you will never have the honor of wearing the jersey – either again, or for the first time. That should make us all optimistic for the future of the game we love.