March 30, 2006

A message to Bud

bud selig and baseball announced yesterday that they are launching an independent investigation into steroid use in baseball. i think the common response by most baseball fans is: "now?" if we backtrack over several years of baseball history, the inklings and suspicions of baseball were always there. the massive growth of a multitude of average baseball players. the rapid rate of home runs across the majors. sammy sosa breaking maris' record after being an average, base-stealing outfielder for most of his career. the low-level rumor mill, mouthing out whispers of in-the-ass injections. the admission of steroid use by ken caminiti. bret boone suddenly spraying 37 home runs in 2001 in the largest ballpark in the majors. the book of jose canseco. mark mcgwire taking the "high road" in front of congress. rafael palmeiro apparently taking the low road in front of congress. despite all of the information, somehow baseball didn't begin steroid testing at all until 2003, five years after sammy sosa's arms ballooned like the governator's. isn't that a little odd? all along, over the years of baseball's resurgence, bud selig sat on the side and let the elephant in the room grow and grow. what's sad is that he isn't pushed to this investigation by an overwhelming feeling of morality, but by a book about barry bonds. because people love to hate barry, as a proud and arrogant black athlete (see: jack johnson, muhammad ali, etc.), the public outcry over barry extends far beyond all of the other indicating steroid factors. much to the horror of major league baseball, the steroid problem that they avoided for years has come front and center, so large that selig can no longer ignore it. what does the commissioner of baseball do? start an investigation to wipe his own hands clean. sorry bud, the steroid era happened on YOUR watch. you let it happen because you wanted the money, the new stadiums, the returning fans, and the adulation that came along with a baseball resurgence. you shut your mouth and let it happen because you were too afraid of what would happen if the steroid usage came out in the press. you sacrificed the honesty of baseball for money and prestige. in other words, you are no different from barry bonds and his alleged steroid use. now you want to "clean it all up"? i hope dearly that what george mitchell finds is a massive several year period where everyone in baseball looked the other way in the face of relentless news about steroids. and i hope that you, bud selig, are implicated as the sniveling, gutless disgrace of a commissioner that you are. you wanted your legacy to be new ballparks and the return of baseball. instead it will be steroids and the dishonesty of the game. we can all see it in your face: you're as guilty as jose canseco, ken caminiti, mark mcgwire, sammy sosa, and the rest. you ARE barry bonds. edit: looks like buster olney agrees...

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At 3/30/2006 10:01:00 AM, Anonymous king said...

bud is only investigating after INTENSE media scrutiny. The fans LOVE the long ball and bud understands this. He also knows if he loses the trusts of the fans that his product will be devalued. Word.

At 3/30/2006 04:44:00 PM, Anonymous king said...

case in point, the guy they hired to investigate steroids has affiliations with the red sox and disney (which owns ESPN).

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