Wednesday, February 13, 2008
A strange day for baseball
So the congressional hearing on the Mitchell Report has begun.
On one hand, I think/want the information shared in this hearing will be great for baseball. It'll strike an undercurrent to the Mitchell Report and perhaps even some closure to this ugly chapter in baseball history (don't forget about BALCO!).
With Roger Clemens and his former trainer, turned nemesis, Brian McNamee testifying under oath about their involvement in steroids in baseball, we'll get some truthful answers. If they lie, they'll perjure themselves.
On the other hand, today is the first day for a lot of of MLB ballclubs to begin work with pitchers and catchers. Over the next two days, all of MLB pitchers and catchers will be in Spring Training.
As baseball fans, this should stroke our excitement. But we reserve those feelings, knowing today's congressional hearing and the subsequent fallout will marr our jubiliation for just a few more days. Then, damnit, it's time to play ball.
* Jayson Stark live blog (ESPN.com)
* MLB's drug policy (MLB.com)
* Hearings: Untruth and consequences (Jeff Passan at Yahoo! Sports)
* Roger Clemens career statistics (Baseball-Reference.com)