By Mike Steffanos
Sorry for being a little sporadic in the posting, I've been fighting a pretty serious cold.
I have a Mets piece that I'm working on and promise to have posted later today. I had not intended to write any more on steroids for now, but the Commissioner's idiotic statements to the press on the matter literally force me back to this one more time.
From the Daily News:
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig came out roaring Wednesday, putting Alex Rodriguez on notice that the Yankee third baseman's admitted performance-enhancing drug use may not go unpunished.
In an interview with USA Today, Selig was asked if he would consider suspending the three-time American League MVP after Rodriguez told ESPN on Monday that he had juiced from 2001 through 2003 when he played for the Rangers.
... "He's open to everything. That doesn't mean he can do everything. He's keeping all options open," MLB spokesman Rich Levin told the Daily News, referring to Selig.
... Selig also told USA Today that he may consider changing the record books and reinstating Hank Aaron as the all-time home run king. Barry Bonds, who has 762 career homers, goes on trial March 2 on perjury and obstruction of justice charges. He has testified to a grand jury that he did not knowingly take steroids. "Once you start tinkering, you can create more problems," Selig told USA Today, referring to the record books. "But I'm not dismissing it. I'm concerned. I'd like to get some more evidence."
This is the sort of silly stuff we've come to expect from Selig over the years. It wouldn't sound so ridiculous if he wasn't the one guarding the henhouse when the steroid fox showed up at the door. Or perhaps if he took a strong stand (or any stand, really) against steroids in the mid 90s when the groundwork was being laid for the questionable integrity of a generation of baseball's records. Or even if he took some real personal responsibility for what was allowed to happen under his watch.
Instead, he keeps making outrageous statements like this in his desperate attempts to sanitize his record as Commissioner. The sad part is that in the unlikely event that Selig isn't lying and he really didn't have a clue about steroids while they were taken over the game, he would be equally culpable for being criminally negligent in policing the game.
I wrote the title of this piece somewhat in jest, but perhaps one of the things baseball will need to do to finally turn the page on the steroids era is to get rid of the horse's a** who was allowed it to happen. Posturing and empty threats can't rewrite that history, no matter how badly the bombastic used car salesman wishes it would.