Roger Clemens: Avoiding Scrutiny in the Face of Accomplishment
This afternoon, on ESPN’s “Around the Horn” Jay Mariotti (by all accounts a wimpy anti-analyst looking for the easy way out) remarked that Clemens has avoided scrutiny in the ongoing MLB steriods controversy. The national media has not dared dig deep here to figure out the unbelievable success of this 40+ year old pitcher. Clemens’ physical features and performance are as stark as those of Barry Bonds. 7 MVP awards, 7 Cy Young awards. These are interesting times, but the media is reluctant to dig deeper. It’s curious, but then again, the media didn’t care in 1998 when there were rumors about Mark McGwire. It is possible that the media simply did not want to ask the logical questions of how the “Bash Brothers” and the rest of the biggest lineup in recent baseball memory did get to be so huge – and how was it that Tony LaRussa knew so little about this after managing McGwire in Oakland and St. Louis. Oh, whatever, baseball journalism isn’t about asking tough questions…it’s about press passes, cold beer and hot dogs. Back to Roger and the visuals:
(with a little ‘Roid Rage for the Road)
While ESPN’s robo-racist Eric Kuselias has compared Bonds to O.J. Simpson (presumably as an unredeemable and unconvicted “killer” of the great blond game), Clemens continues to dodge the introspection of ESPN, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, the Houston Chronicle, the Miami Herald and others who’ve dedicated so much column-space to this issue. Roger is just living the dream and your favorite sportswriters are drinking the Kool-Aid. Seems like only bloggers can keep their lips closed long enough to avoid ingesting poison and bullshit.
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- May 29, 2007 / 5:31 pm