|Bud Selig, Working His Way Through College|
That being said, we here at Sportsthodoxy have a formal take on the whole affair. We are not interested in being called steroid apologists, nor are we interested in wallowing in a debate that has a signal-to-noise ratio comparable to the last twenty minutes of Metal Machine Music. We just think:
- That Bud Selig certainly has a personal vendetta against Alex Rodriguez, and that if you put a cape and glasses on him and gave him a staff, he'd be a dead ringer for the old Fantastic Four villain Mole Man.
- That it is almost certain that Alex Rodriguez used PEDs, and that under the terms of the CBA he should be suspended
- That his suspension should be in accordance with the CBA, which is what you do with something you bargained collectively.
- That his suspension should not be a number of games equivalent to something the arbitrator, Selig, Rob Manfred, or anybody else pulled out of their butts.
- That Anthony Bosch and his merry crew of scumbags are a blight on baseball in South Florida, and that's with Jeff Loria there to compare them to.
- That anyone who believes anything Anthony Bosch is telling them, particularly his paid-for testimony, is equal parts naive and stupid. Con men tell suckers what they want to hear. Bosch is a con man. The rest is an exercise for the student.
- That Rodriguez was a jerk for introducing Bosch to as many players as he did.
- That MLB is a bunch of immoral idiots for climbing into bed with the scumbag.
- That cheerfully climbing into bed with a scumbag in order to nail a guy, breaking your own rules in the process, is as worthy of contempt as the original crime. This is not a cop show, and there is no humorless police captain telling MLB that dammit, they break the rules but they get results. This is a multi-billion dollar business committing potentially illegal acts right out in the open where everyone can see them.
- That the last guy to look into a scumbag's eyes and see he was telling the truth was GW Bush, and the eyes he was looking into were Putin's. Let me know who that one turns out, Rob Manfred.
- That the canned puff piece on the arbitrator's verdict in the A-Rod case was the sort of thing William Randolph Hearst would have been proud of.
- That if baseball spent one-tenth the effort on the Oakland stadium situation that they did chasing Rodriguez, the A's would be safely ensconced in San Jose by now in a stadium that did not feature random sewage geysers and tarps in the upper deck.
- That single issue voters who think that stamping out PEDs in the game justifies any excess or overreach will never, ever be satisfied.
- And that A-Rod's lawyers are probably better at this "law" thing than you are. Unless you're Craig Calcaterra.
That is all.