Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings
In the rooms of her ice-water mansion.
Old Michigan steams like a young man's dreams;
The islands and bays are for sportsmen.
Sorry between the pressures of home buying and the Vikes game I just hadn't had time for a crap list.
Here goes nothing.
1. The Mitchell report aftermath
I will try to associate the blame as follows
80% Players and player association
20% the Commissioner's office
First I'll start with the commissioner's office. I pretty much despise Bud Selig. He brought interleague play in baseball which I've always felt was a terrible mistake. It's kinda cool at first but it ultimately takes away from the World Series.
Then he brought the Wild card into the mix which does indeed bring more attention to pennant chases but it gives the wild card team more of an advantage with how "hot" a team is in September and October.
Finally and what I will never forget was how the Twins were an "aberration", how they need a ballpark to compete (even though they have been competing), and he tried to destroy my favorite team with contraction. He never said, "hey, let's try to make this work. Let's try to keep that team in Minnesota as long as possible even though that fan base has been screwed by a cheap owner." Oh no, he (and the cheap Twins owner) tried to destroy this team. Nevermind that the blatant conflict of interest with Selig owning the brewers or overlooking more deserving teams with less of a history for contraction. Oh no, he tried to contract a franchise that dates back to the 1900's.
I'll stop there. I despise the guy. But I can't really blame him too much in this case.
He was as the mercy of the players union. The last thing Selig wanted was another thorn in the battle of Owner Vs. Players and ultimately another strike. The homerun season of '98 was the one thing that bailed MLB out of that hole. No way that was going to happen again. The players union would've never agreed to it and the fans would've crucified him.
He tried to bring testing in the forefront but I believe it was rejected in the bargaining agreement. Why would something like that be rejected? hmmm interesting
How would one bring up steroids up in '98 without a severe backlash in the sport and themselves?
However I do blame him a little bit because he could've, at any time, held a press conference like so.
Selig walks up to the podium with 70 baseball writers patiently waiting.
Selig: *coughs* First of all I would like to thank you all for the short notice and for being here on time. Secondly I have a question for the players, Donald Fehr and the players union, the fans, and you the press.
Selig: Hey, players, WHAT ARE YOU GUYS HIDING? LET'S TEST YOU GUYS FOR ROIDS AND HGH! SERIOUSLY, WHAT THE FUCK?
That, right there would've tilted the axis of power between the players and owners with the fans riding the backs of the commissioner. Fans certainly don't want to pay $20 a ticket to see a bunch of 'roiders.
Now with the Players:
1. The players themselves know what they put in their bodies. I mean their bodies are a multimillion dollar investment and steroids, being federally illegal, would definitely be a substance that strikes the 'red flag' in the conscience. Did they not see that episode of Saved by the Bell? The argument that it wasn't banned by baseball doesn't hold a lick of water because....IT WAS BANNED BY THE FEDS!!! How could a non-roided baseball player tolerate such crap? Oh, that's right because then the union would probably blacklist them.
During that federal hearing you guys pretty much told the world you did steroids with all that dodging you did.
McGuire: yeah funny how you don't want to talk about the past anymore.
Sosa: It's very weird how you can't speak English all of a sudden
Palmiero: Lie all you want you are a colossal dumbass for taking roids right after such a hearing. Colossal, monumental, even a spectacular dumbass.
2. The players association was hiding this as much as they could. How/why would they be AGAINST strict steroid testing? For what reason would they be against that? How come after that congressional hearing when the public was weighing you guys down with their frowns that you suddenly were for a limited testing of steroids. Weird.
So if I was to rob the next door neighbors it would be alright because, 'my roommate didn't tell me it was wrong'.
It I was a MLB player and I took steroids, it would be alright because it wasn't explicitly banned by baseball.
What is even more alarming about this subject is how everyone is bending over backwards for the players saying stuff like,
Steroids weren't banned by baseball
The report is unsubstantiated
Selig shouldn't have had his head in the sand.
And the baseball reporters are truly showing their allegiances by defending the players. They need the interviews, the Christmas cards, and the scoop when it calls and they wont land it if they start being *gasp* objective.
The players are in charge of what goes in their own body and if they take steroids, it's their fault. No excuses, it's your fault and now pay the consequences.