Baseball pundits play blame game
You canâ€™t make those who write or commentate about baseball happy.Â I speak from experience, because Iâ€™ve done both.
My colleagues are the self-appointed moral compasses of the game in a fashion you donâ€™t see in those who cover other sports.Â Predictably, they have taken on the roles of judge and jury in the never-ending steroids saga they refuse to let die.
On ESPN.com, columns by Jayson Stark and Tim Keown question the veracity of Alex Rodriguezâ€™ comments during yesterdayâ€™s press conference, a follow up to an earlier interview with Peter Gammons.
Others continue piling blame on commissioner Bud Selig.Â Yet others campaign for the release of all names on a list of 104 players who failed a confidential test survey that eventually led to a more comprehensive testing policy.
Thatâ€™s a hypocritical position considering that these same journalists insist on protecting the confidentiality of their own sources.
As my colleagues insist on more answers from A-Rod, I have a question for them:Â If you know so much about the sport, how come you didnâ€™t know about the rampant use of steroids in baseball?
There can only be two answers:Â You donâ€™t really know as much as you like to let on, or â€“ like the commissioner and the owners â€“ you looked the other way.Â In other words, you are as guilty as everyone else for this mess.