Twenty-three years after
Does this mean the Red Sox's world championships are tainted? No more than the titles of the Yankees, Marlins, Diamondbacks, Angels and every other team from the most distrustful era in the history of the game. There was no such thing as a "clean team." There were only teams in which the dirty had yet to be uncovered.
I cannot repeat this enough: We are only in the beginning of the discovery phase of the Steroid Era. Hundreds upon hundreds of players took steroids, and do you know how many have actually admitted to using steroids? About 17. That's it. Seventeen out of 127 implicated players. Seventeen out of, what? Five hundred users? A thousand? More? That's how proud they are of making a choice that the apologists dismiss as "everybody was doing it" and "there were no rules against it." All these years later, despite the excuse makers, and even when we understand what happened, and the users know it is an unspeakable shame.
Ortiz, a tough talker on steroids back in February (well, for anybody caught
Here are the home run leaders in the American League from 2003-07: 1.
The retired steroid user doesn't answer questions or doesn't even show his face around baseball. Some cross their fingers that their choice remains secret until they get on a Hall of Fame ballot. (I don't think the leaking lawyers will allow it.) That was
But you can't change history, you can only hope someone doesn't uncover it. And if you're on the 2003 list, your odds aren't looking too good. About 104 names are on the list, and between media reports and
There was anger around the offices of the Boston Red Sox yesterday. They haven't hit a lick lately, they have been whiffing on trade efforts, and now the legacy of their world titles gets slammed by six-year-old drug tests. One of the suits, perhaps kidding on the square, cracked that one of the lawyers who leaked the story must have been a Yankees fan.
But privately the ball club never pretended it was clean. The Mitchell Report included illuminating passages about how general manager
I know. You're tired of it. I get it. You want the full list out only to be done with it, not because it's the right thing to do. (It's not; the agreement should be honored, no matter the leaking lawyers.) We want to believe in baseball with a deep-rooted faith that we don't bring to other sports. It's why baseball movies work and those about other sports don't as much. Half the charm of baseball is
But it won't go away. There will be more leaks, more revelations and maybe even an admission somewhere. There will be another day for another team just like the Red Sox had on Thursday. It just might be your team.