Well, here is the $64,000 question:
WILL THEY, NOW THAT THEY HAVE A BUNDLE OF THIS STUFF, FIND A WAY TO TEST FOR IT?
If they do, this will be baseball's Watergate... and then some. They already have tons of urine samples from these guys. Just go back through them
and test them for HGH. And then we'll all know just who the frauds are. From the ex-MLB pitcher I've played poker with, I can tell you there will be
a TON of them.
But I don't think that will happen, and here is why:
(1) An enormous number of MLB players, surely over 50%, are using HGH. From what that ex-MLB player told me, it could be over 80% or 90%.
(2) If that fact comes out, and the public learns that--say, just for example--Giambi AND A-Rod AND Jeter AND Matsui AND Rivera AND another 6 to 10
Yankees are on HGH, AND the public learns Pujols has been on it from Day One of his phenomenal career, AND the public learns CLEMENS and SCHILLING
have used it since at least the mid-1990's.... Well, it's no longer about a circus strongman freak like McGwire, and a bunch of drug-running freaks
from south-of-the-border, and a handful of white guys like Kent and Brady (I can hit 50 HR's from out of nowhere one year) Anderson and Caminiti, and
then everyone's favorite urinal, Barry Bonds....
Now, it's somewhere between 50 and 90% of the players for the past 15 years. The poker player said, "You wouldn't BELIEVE how many use it," and those
were HIS caps.
And guys like me will point out that after Mickey Mantle became only the NINTH member of the .700 single-season slugging club in 1956, nobody joined
it until 1994. And after George Foster became the 5th NL player, and 10th total player, to join the 50 HR club in 1977, nobody became the 11th until
Cecil Fielder in 1990... and lots of people had been saying NOBODY would ever again hit 50 HR's, because pitching had improved so much.
Fast foward to the present.... Now, we have at least twice that many members of the 50-HR club, and we have ONE guy, Sosa, who hit 60+ HR's THREE
times without winning a single HR trophy in any of those three years!!!
And oh, yeah, here's another surprise:
When Hack Wilson got his 191 RBI's in 1930--a record which Steroid Ball apparently won't break--he also got 56 HR's that year. That mark was an N.L.
record, believe it or not, all the way until the "marvelous" and quite literally "incredible" HR race of McGwire and Sosa in 1998. Since then, it's
been "broken" repeatedly.
OR, you could make a good argument that only ONE person has broken Hack Wilson's all-time NL record for HR's in a season, namely, Luis Gonzalez with
57 in 2001. Or is that one terribly tainted, too, and I just don't know about it?
I know this: The other three who have "broken" Wilson's NL HR mark are 3/4 of the 4 who have come to symbolize cheating in our time:
McGwire, Sosa and Bonds, in that chronological order. Sorry, Palmeiro, but you never got there. I guess you just weren't as good a cheater. But
hey, it wasn't for lack of effort, and you can console yourself with the thought that you're the most flagrantly, hopelessly guilty of them all.
As much as I rant and rave about all of these frauds, I love the game with a passion.
Yeah, vicious, violent and racist/pan-bigoted monsters like Cobb, Speaker et al. make me sick.... MOST of all Speaker, who should be expelled from
the Hall as fast as anyone, since he was not only involved in throwing regular season games, which Ty Cobb and a whole lot of other pre-live ball
Hall of Famers were, but he also threw GAME SIX of the 1912 World Series, for god's sake!!!
Now, yeah, Speaker was a greater player than Joe Jackson, and by quite a lot. He's unquestionably the greatest defensive outfielder of the first half
of the century (in MLB), and holds the career records for doubles and outfielder assists, as well as the A.L. record for outfielder putouts. 20% of
those who saw both men felt Speaker was better than COBB. But Joe Jackson supposedly "only" threw Game One in 1919. Speaker's throwing Game Six in
1912 (with several teammates' help), with his team up 3 games to 2, and his team having to face CHRISTY MATHEWSON in Game 7, was a lot worse than
what Joe Jackson did.
So maybe Speaker, one of the 10 greatest players ever by any rational measure, should be expelled. If not, Jackson CERTAINLY should be admitted. And
just as certainly, baseball prior to 1920--the year they finally got real baseballs... and a commissioner--stunk. But from 1920 on, there was little
or no game throwing, and people can rant all they want to about greenies in the 1950's and 1960's, they couldn't TOUCH what this garbage has done to
the game. Just look at the annihilation of records, if you're tempted to compare the two. You'll never do it again.
Bud Complicit-By-His-Inaction-And-Silence Selig will do his best to save his @ss here, but I think Congress is going to take this one over, and I
think this time there will be no holding the dam back. All baseball fans should be prepared for the possibility of finding out their favorite players
used--and have continued to use--this HGH garbage.
I've been an enormous Roger Clemens fan for a very long time. I've gone on and on about how his SEVEN e.r.a. titles are second only to the
incomparable Grove, and about his W-L %, his Cy Young Awards (though he's got a couple too many and sportswriters' votes are b.s.), his seek/give no
quarter attitude, etc. I'm a California hippie lawyer who's not exactly a Texas fan, but I love the guy. It will kill me to find out that last year,
while he was 42/43, he had one of the best years by a post-Dead Ball pitcher of ANY age by taking this sh!t. But if that's what happened, and if he's
been doing it a long time, I'll do the same to him that I've done to Bonds--ascertain the year through which his stats are real, then rate him based
on his stats through that year and throw out the rest.
The difference is that, whereas it feels cathartic to do that to Bonds, and it won't bother at all to do it to Schilling, it will hurt terribly to do
it to Clemens. And a lot of others.