"Let us go forth a while, and get better air in our lungs. Let us leave our closed rooms...
The game of ball is glorious."

--Walt Whitman

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Steroids and Other Special Treatments

Jim Litke has a really funny preview of the upcoming Congressional testimony on steroids in baseball. I'm sure the actual transcript won't be much different...

Speaking of steroids, the Giants have submitted a request to the commissioner's office that Barry Bonds be allowed to DH in spring training games against other National League teams. This so Bonds can be "eased into the exhibition season" after offseason knee surgery.

No. Correction: hell, no.

If he's not ready to play under the rules of his league, then put him on a rehab program. We do not change the rules for marquee players of suspicious size. We do not change the rules for anyone or anything save the betterment of the game as a whole.

Of course, the request will be granted. Commissioner Bud Selig has already set a (bad) precedent by granting a similar request to the Cincinnati Reds on behalf of the oft-injured Ken Griffey, Jr. I'm furious, but unsurprised.

When we first heard the story about Bonds, without knowing about the previously-approved Griffey petition, my husband opined that surely Selig would refuse this request for blatant favoritism.

My reply: "When was the last time Selig did what was right for the game of baseball?"

Looks like I nailed that one, huh?

1 rejoinders:

Fourth pew, center sounded off...

Perhaps it is time for an actual job description for baseball commissioner? Basic stuff, like knowledge of, and love for, The Game.
And anyone who didn't qualify would never never never be named Commissioner.
Not that this is aimed at any current Commissioner in particular . . .