The Mitchell Report – or, why I don’t care, I lost my faith in Baseball a long time ago

There are plenty of sure things in life, and unless you live in San Francisco, one of them is ‘Barry Bonds deserves an asterisk.’ And today… perhaps an asterisk in the name of baseball? It is a dark day in Mudville; Casey not only struck out but went on a Roid Rampage through the grandstands injuring 25 and killing 4… I’m not sure how many names, but there are some greats, All-Stars and MVP’s – Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Miguel Tejada, Gary Sheffield, Andy Pettitte, and Paul Lo Duca. I think it goes without saying, their careers and legacies are shot. My first reaction was surprise at Roger Clemens, but that only showed how little I cared. To be honest, I didn’t pay enough attention to baseball to notice this guy’s miraculous plus 40’s comeback, and exponentially larger physique and head. I lost faith in baseball a long time ago.

There was a time when baseball was an obsession; where my head was filled with obscene levels of useless facts and statistics. Then the ’94 strike. Strike 1

After baseball, the only thing that could fill such a large void in the life of an eleven year old boy, Star Wars… Later turned out to be very uncool – thanks dad. Strike 2

The waning of Star Wars coincided with a new waxing of baseball, the Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa homerun chase. Around the same time, they were beginning to build Miller Park in Milwaukee, and I was beginning to understand the economics of it. Strike 3.

So let’s be honest here, there’s no shock factor. The Mitchell Report – The full report – and it’s action packed with scandal, but what professional sports team doesn’t have a team of doctors and trainers with the singular purpose of enhancing the players performance? So what’s the issue?

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2 Responses to The Mitchell Report – or, why I don’t care, I lost my faith in Baseball a long time ago

  1. Iranian Ajax says:

    The issue is the use of a banned substance. You are assuming that steroids are the ONLY way to enhance performance. Yes, I agree with you that there are sports doctors and trainers to do just that – but within the confines of the established rules of the MLB.

    Look, there are ways, for instance, that you can enhance your performance on a test: 1) cheat and steal the answers; 2) devise a study technique and use mnemonic devices to remember hard-to-recall facts. That is a performance enhancer…it is not outlawed within the academic guidelines.

  2. lionelboydjohnson says:

    First, thank you for being my first commentator – I think you make the correct distinction for the status quo. My assumption isn’t that steroids are the only way to enhance performance, but rather we can’t anticipate what medical advances will be created in the future that are applicable to performance enhancement. The line is pretty clear for now, but how are we to know what medical advancements will occur in the future? How will these advancements blur the currently clear line? If we expect these advancements to blur the line, then we should expect scandal, and really in my opinion shouldn’t care when scandal hits, because it was foreseen. The same way we could tell there’d be a steroid scandal long before Barry broke any records.

    As a supplemental analogy, consider a digital copywriter. There are clear protections under the law, but the law can’t be written fast enough to keep up with new technology and newly discovered loopholes. Sure – there’s an ethical transgression on part of the user who circumvents these laws with new technology, but it’s expected to happen – in fact, some argue it should be encouraged. I think that’s a debate for another day.

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