Friday, February 13, 2009

Who Shamed the Game?

I've only got a couple of seconds today, but I wanted to post Bud Selig's comment on A-Rod with my immediate response, and then expound when I have time next week.

"What Alex did was wrong and he will have to live with the damage he has done to his name and reputation," the commissioner said Thursday, three days after the Yankees star admitted using banned substances from 2001 to 2003 while playing for Texas.

"While Alex deserves credit for publicly confronting the issue, there is no valid excuse for using such substances, and those who use them have shamed the game," Selig said.

I wish I had more time to rip Bud a new one. Instead, I'll just say F#$@ You, hypocrite!


Steve said...

ARod deserves to be ripped a new one. For some reason, everyone thinks this is Bud's fault. How about blaming the PLAYERS that injected themselves!?!?!? How about blaming Don Fehr and the MLBPA that refused to let the players take the drug tests Bud tried to implement and tried to use it as a bargaining chip for the players???

Could he have pushed it a bit harder? Yep. Should he shoulder some blame? Yep. However put him in line clearly behind the players and the union though.

Steve said...

Patrick -

Again, you claim that only Bud could have stopped it. I claim that he couldn't have. There is absolutely no way that that most powerful man in baseball (Don Fehr) at the time would have allowed it.

And, yes, steroids were illegal. They just were not tested for. Bud, albeit half-heartedly, did try to implement testing. Fehr would not allow it.

All that said, the players are accountable for it. Period. They knowingly took an illegal substance (a federal crime).

Just because your employer doesn't test for it, doesn't make it OK to do it.