Friday, December 14, 2007

FIT TO BE TARNISHED: THE MITCHELL REPORT

Well, Senator George Mitchell submitted his report on steroid and HGH abuse among major league baseball players, and the list of retired AND active players is an extensive one. That list is highlighted by Barry Bonds, of course, and teammates,training partners and Yankee players Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens. Maybe now we know the secret of his longevity. Maybe we don't. I was listening to WFAN, the leading sports radio station in the New York City area, and a couple commenters, not terribly bright ones, questioned why there were so many Yankee and Mets players and former players on the list, and the idiot talk show host and some of the callers said that Mitchell has always been anti-Yankees and anti-Mets. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is from a great Friday column by Hartford Courant sportswriter Jeff Jacobs, my favorite sports scribe. The entire article is available when you click on the title, but read on...

"Without former Yankees strength coach Brian McNamee and former Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski, the Mitchell Report would have been long on perspective and short on any, ah, real juice.
Radomski gave up the canceled checks, mail orders, shipping receipts and telephone records that document involvement. In McNamee's case, well, he claims he stuck the biggest name in the butt himself with a needle full of Winstrol in 1998 and Sustanon 250 or Deca-Durabolin in 2000.
Mitchell landed his big fish in Roger Clemens. He got the name that would make America stop and listen for a snowy day. For good measure, he landed the big fish's buddy, Andy Pettitte, too."

Peter here, and I know sports talk show hosts AND callers are sometimes a little biased, mistakenly using truths based in fallacy, but that one takes the cake. At least for now. This much we know.....Roger Clemens' illustrious legacy will be dimmed by these allegations. Andy Pettitte is pitching next year for the New York Yankees. I'm sure he won't back out of his current contract and retire. Not at this point. But he is sure to hear the boos and taunts whenever and wherever he takes the mound next season. And the only active, now ex-Red Sox player, was "Mr. Clutch'.....Eric Gagne. Right now, since he's a Brewer and sucked last year, I COULD CARE LESS. But Mo Vaughn was on that list....was his use of "something" a contributing factor to his many injuries and weight problems? We'll never know.

Hey, thanks for being here, and for the entire superlative Jeff Jacobs' Hartford Courant column, just click on the title, and then leave me some comments, if you can. It's the off-season, and I can tell by the numbers of comments. I'll respond to every one of them. Have a wonderful weekend, Constant Readers, and just for the record, we ended up here in Farmington with 11 inches of beautiful, light and puffy snow. Beautiful, that is, if you weren't on the roads yesterday afternoon and evening. 30 minute trips took 4 hours! Gotta go.....be well. Be safe. Forever. Read that Jeff Jacobs column....sportswriting at its best. Promise!

8 Comments:

At 12/14/2007 10:04 AM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

This wasn't a witch hunt by Mitchell. The evidence bears that out. Millions of dollars in law suits are at risk, so I'm pretty sure the report has the facts to back up its statements. The New Yorkers defense that their players were picked on is ridiculous. It will be interesting to see what punishiments will be handed down. Do you think the only way Clemens can get in the Hall of Fame is by buying a ticket?

Good post, Peter. Have a nice snowy weekend.

 
At 12/14/2007 11:01 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Hi BFW...my TOTAL point was that it was NOT a witch hunt.....I know you understood. I think. Thanks......

 
At 12/14/2007 11:02 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

NO MORE SNOW...heavy precip with a mixture after another five inches....but, ya never know! Have a great weekend.

 
At 12/14/2007 11:09 AM, Blogger Michael Leggett said...

For a LONG Time, that FAT PO#2, Roger Clemens, has been getting away with BS, more BS & was higher than a Kite, when Mike Piazza was beaned:

I have never-forgotten that night in July, when Mike went down & was only Semi-Conscious;

While Mets Fans booed the Daylights out of Guillermo Mota for Steroid Use, Yankees Fans cheered, including Randy Rudy Giuliani, when Piazza was beaned;

Roger had a Blank Look on his face, like he was a Cold-Hearted Drug Addict.

 
At 12/14/2007 11:09 AM, Blogger Michael Leggett said...

George Mitchell=Kudos

 
At 12/14/2007 11:55 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

One comment for both, Mike.........I agree......Sen. Mitchell did a great job.

 
At 12/14/2007 12:24 PM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

No, no, no ... I don't think YOU thought it was a witch hunt, I was just commenting on what the sports show call-ins were saying. I thought their point of view was incredulous! I agree with your assessment.

Do you think there should be some punishment for current players that were using the stuff? I do. Even if a Sox player is proved to have used it, they should have to pay the piper, too.

 
At 12/15/2007 6:38 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

BFW, I KNOW you know that I know what you meant...gee, did I just type that? It almost makes no sense, but at the same time it makes all the sense in the world. And when we start getting to the punishment debate, so many legal issues come into play.But the boos and taunts? Oh yeah, go for it, fans! Thanks, as always, for your insightful comments, and to EVERYONE, have a tremendous weekend.

 

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