Hey, WAIT A MINUTE!!! What are you guys saying about Palmeiro?!?!? He only tested positive for that steroid because of a Vitamin B-12 injection,
Speaking as the lawyer--or, more likely, one of the lawyers--of this group, I agree with y'all completely. TRUTH is an absolute and complete defense
to any action for defamation (i.e., either slander or libel). Say whatever you want to about me, or Palmeiro, and if it's true, you are not liable
That, I'm sure, is exactly why nobody has sued Canseco. The guy may be a sleazeball and is obviously a caveman to women, which I find abhorrent.
Also, he has erased the notion Dave Kingman's 442 HR's are the most anyone will hit without getting enshrined in the Hall (as has Palmeiro). But it
does indeed appear he was the only honest and forthcoming player in that Congressional room.
McGwire was "honest" only in the sense he wouldn't open his mouth and instead stood there, looking pitiful and tarnishing his legacy irreparably.
Schilling looked even worse, in my opinion, backtracking at about 200 m.p.h. from his previous remarks to S.I. about seeing obvious steroid freaks in
the locker room, with all their unnatural musles. And, of course, Palmeiro....
OK, so Canseco broke the age-old "code of silence" among baseball players. Good for him. There is obviously a point beyond which the "code of
silence" must give way to a "code of decency." If a team had two pedophiles on it, and they were trading illicit and indecent videotapes in the
locker room, should the "code of silence" cause their teammates to keep quiet? I sure as hell hope not. If I were a teammate, I'd call the F.B.I.,
and if that made me a pariah among baseball players, so be it.
Now, of course using steroids and/or H.G.H. isn't as repulsive as being a pedophile, but it's actually far worse in terms of its effects on the
integrity of the game. And so, just like the 1919 Series scandal (which took almost a full year to break), why the hell shouldn't players speak up
about this--unless they, too, are juicing? (And while I'm on that subject: Gee, Curt, you were 15 games over .500 for your career until 2001, when
you were 34. How is it you went 22-6, 23-7 and 21-6 in 3 of the next 4 years?)
Another user of this forum reminded me that Babe Ruth once used a corked bat (which is true), that Mantle used greenies (which is true), that Mays
also did so (which is false, as far as I know), and that many pitchers have used every available means to screw with the ball (which, as to many
pitchers, including some great ones, is true). But chemically altering yourself into a physical master-species is qualitatively different from these
The only person I can compare it to is Gaylord Perry, who cheated in varying degrees whenever he pitched, then had the continental temerity to solicit
an advertising contract from Vaseline. They had the character to turn him down. For some inexplicable reason, Cooperstown didn't. I sure hope they
show more character when this generation of pill-and-injection-made stars, other than Bonds, become eligible for induction.