By Mike Steffanos
I started a new job this week that was supposed to be a few part-time hours. It hasn't quite worked out that way, however, as I'm unexpectedly covering for someone who is out. I believe it will get easier next week (especially if that person returns), but in the meantime I don't want to let too many days go by without checking in with some content.
Obviously, the latest news about Jose Reyes is not good. I find it disturbing how many of the local media are using this for endless speculation on whether Reyes' condition is due to HGH without a shred of evidence other than a connection to that Canadian doctor. Newspapers used to report news that was back by solid reporting and some evidence -- not anymore.
If Reyes really does have involvement with HGH, do some real reporting and find some actual evidence. If Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds weren't able to dodge the truth of their own PED usage, I doubt somehow that Jose Reyes is more diabolically clever if he had HGH use to hide.
Lacking that, I wish the media would go back to some actual ethics system based on the fact that they are reporting on real people with real lives -- these athletes don't exist merely as topics to fill a lazy column.
As for the Mets, I'm tired of reading how snakebit they are. I've been through a rough few years in my own life, and I know that when I start to feel that way about myself things only get worse. Determination to get past obstacles always works better than self-pity.
Off to work. More when time permits this weekend.