Today was a great day for Bud Selig.
Federal prosecutors had officially announced that amongst the evidence they have, in their perjury trial against case Barry Bonds, was a urine sample that tested positive for a form of anabolic steroids other than that of the "cream and the clear."
This now will paves the way for what something MLB had been waiting for; the opportunity to cover up their role in the steroids era.
This is my report on this scandal. Take it for what is worth.
The link you see above, will provide you with the official timeline of the steroids scandal. There are a few notes I want you to consider, before you decide to bury this sad moment in baseball history, in only Barry Bonds' coffin.
1. In 1988, the Washington Post first accused Jose Canseco of taking steroids. Canseco's came when he was hitting 500 foot long home run shots as early as 1982, as a rookie coming out of high school, while playing minor league baseball with the Idaho Falls A's.
Since Conseco NEVER played college baseball, you can assume that he was on the juice as early as high school. How did the MLB scouts not know that he was on the juice? I pretty much figured something was wrong when he tried to play demolition derby with his first wife in 1989.
2. Nov. 18, 1988—The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 creates criminal penalties for those who “distribute or possess anabolic steroids with the intent to distribute for any use in humans other than the treatment of disease based on the order of a physician.”
Two years later, the government expanded the act by placing steroids, in the same class as other "recreational" drugs, approved for medical purposes. Fine by me, but there's one little problem I have.
With the government telling MLB that using steroids, outside of medical treatment, is a crime, why did the league wait until June of the following year, nearly halfway through the season, to notify its players?
The expansion of this act, signed in October of 1990, gave MLB commissioner Fay Vincent the entire offseason to warn his owners, managers, trainers and players, that the hammer was coming. So why did he wait until halfway through the following season? Could it been because he wanted to test the "enforcement waters" of this act?
3. July 15, 1995—In an article by Los Angeles Times sports writer Bob Nightengale, Padres general manager Randy Smith is quoted as saying “we all know there’s steroid use, and it is definitely becoming more prevalent.” Also in the article, Tony Gwynn states: “It’s like the big secret we’re not supposed to talk about.”
This article was very important because these two men suggested that there was a secret language, used by MLB players, who wanted to use steroids.
This along with Conseco's testimony, suggested that steroid use wasn't an individual-only activity; in order to use steroids in MLB, you had to join a secret society and swear to a secret oath. Like in the movie "Fight Club", what's the first rule of joining the "steroids club"?
Once I'd add these particular points up, the rest of the story made perfect sense. Why not throw trainers Curtis Wenzlaff and Greg Anderson, along with former New York Mets clubhouse worker Kirk Radomski, and the rest of the "patsies", under the bus?
After all, the first rule of successful "assassinations" is to make sure the "assassins" are dead, once they commit their crimes. The second rule of assassinations? Pick the perfect time and place to "kill" your intended target.
Why not have Sammy Sosa and Mark McGuire, after their historic HR race, standing before Congress and testifying? Why not have Anderson and Victor Conte, the unofficial kingpin of the steroid empire, being jailed just as Barry Bonds approached the home run record? Convenient timing, when MLB is trying to give everyone the impression that they're doggedly hunting down these "criminals"!
Now we're about to approach a new season.
All of a sudden, in convenient timing, Bonds' tainted urine shows up, Joe Torre writes a "I know no-thing, I see no-thing" book and David Justice is crying like a punk for ESPN, about how he "saw the needle, but didn't inject." Yeah and Clinton "smoked, but didn't inhale"!
Look, enough with this madness. I can't speak for the rest of baseball fans, but I got the memo a long time ago; MLB is going to survive this scandal, because it's going to successfully cover it up its role, by handing the fans what they wanted; the head of Barry Bonds.
With that being said, I close this report with one absolute conclusion, of which I will never change my mind on.
From 1985, to its apparent end in 2009, major league baseball turned a blind eye to a secret society, dedicated to supplying players with performance enhancing drugs, for the purpose of providing us with spectacular home run shots, high scoring games and record setting feats. And all of this was done for the purpose of filling the seats and improving the media ratings.
In the effort to cover up their role, MLB gave up some "small fish" trainers, a group of selected "big name" players and the "kingpin" of the steroid trade...Like a snitch!
So Bud Selig can rest tonight like Michael Corleone, in the Godfather, after his nephew's baptism; everybody's whacked; your secret is safe. My question for him is this...
Did your wife, out of her own personal guilt, ask you about your business?
Food for thought!