MLB Steroid Scandal: Forget the Past, Fix the Future

Joe D.Analyst IFebruary 15, 2008

I know Brian McNamee v. Roger Clemens has been worse than Amy Winehouse and Britney Spears on the nauseating scale but nonetheless, it brings up the worst subject in sports—cheating. 

Whether it has been as something as mildly discussed in the Nikolai Davydenko tennis fixing allegations, or major as steroids, or SpyGate; America keeps hearing about what's wrong with sports. 

As ESPN continues to reiterate the severity of a hearing and repeated storylines (and witty headlines such as "Clemens takes the (Capitol) Hill") it begins to take a toll on the average sports fan's mind. 

Yes, I think it's safe to assume that neither party is completely good or completely bad, but is it really worth the extra time? 

Sure, we need something to watch, discuss and debate at the water cooler but in a few months won't we be back to the status quo?  Maybe, you know, watching highlights?  Wasn't that one of the glories of sports programming in the first place?

However, this situation is eerily similar to the one that happened last summer with jailed QB Michael Vick and the dog fighting scandal.  At first it made you sick hearing some of the allegations but afterwards you actually got sick OF it. 

A preseason blemish on what could be an excellent season will now overshadow a majority of it.  When the World Series ends, and the year is seen "in review" odds are that the Clemens fiasco will overshadow the likes of David Wright, A-Rod, Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols, Johan Santana and Chase Utley's highlight reel seasons. 

Scandal = Ratings.  It’s as simple as that.

But I can't help but think of Mark McGwire's infamous quote of "I'm not hear to discuss the past...." 

At first it was seen as a cop out and a way to deny without denying—but as time wears on, I think Big Mac made an excellent point. 

Baseball can not fix what happened in the 1980s, 1990s, or 2000s, but it can make steps to improve not just the game but ALL of sports in general. 

Let's face it, baseball essentially gave players 1,000,000+ dollars worth of reasoning to take steroids.  But now, it's suddenly defining the game.  It's hard to look at anyone without at least a minimal cloud of suspicion. 

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has to decide what his next move is going to be—or else the game will continue to be tarnished by the hoopla of Congressional Hearings and allegations.