Cricket cleans up ... baseball could learn a lot from the sport
HASLEMERE, England -- News of the cricket scandal broke early Tuesday morning, and by that evening the sport's governing body sent a message: We refuse to stand for this.
Specifically, in reaction to allegations that as many as 82 Pakistani matches might have been fixed, the International Cricket Council said it would "not tolerate corruption in this game."
Which leads us to baseball.
Which leads us to what might have been.
Once upon a time,
The players -- men identifiable to fans across the country -- refused to call out their peers. Instead, they remained pathetically silent, cowards more interested in self-preservation than saving their profession.
In cricket, meanwhile, the only silence came from the cheats themselves. When asked, one player after another ripped the alleged wrongdoers as selfish, arrogant, sport-ruining fiends.
Crazy? Yes. Pathetic? Yes. True? Sadly, yes.
When Selig and Fehr first became aware of PED rumors, they recoiled. They stalled. The balked and coughed and pretended something was nothing. When
Twelve years after McGwire,
In two days, cricket already has.