Steroids and silliness

December 13, 2007 at 8:01 pm Leave a comment

Suddenly, we’re in Joe McCarthy territory again, only this time it’s former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell producing an infamous list — of steroid abusers in major-league baseball.

“In total, the report names 77 players, both past and present,” Newsday reported

Like the Communist “threat” Tailgunner Joe pursued, the big-league steroid scandal is largely a chimera. Yes, steroid abuse suggests unfairness on the playing field, and Americans love their sports stars to obey the rules. But such scrutiny only invites a charge of hypocrisy.

After all, would that fans were equally fond of athletes challenging the rules. The uproar over Barry Bonds and his home-run record would sound a tad more convincing if there was a similar outcry against every benchmark set by every Hall of Famer who played in a whites-only atmosphere (pre-1947; this means you, Babe Ruth!).

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