Jason Giambi agreed today to chat with George Mitchell, the loneliest man in sports. Giambi agree to talk about his personal use of performance enhancing drugs, but not much else. Giambi was essentially forced to speak with Mitchell or risk some sort of punishment from baseball commissioner Bud Selig. As you might recall, Bud hired George over a year ago to produce a comprehensive report on the use of PEDs in baseball.
Okay, stop laughing. Yeah, the Mitchell plan is a farce. Giambi is the first – and probably only – player to speak with Mitchell. That’s because Selig has no power to compel anyone to speak with the investigator.
From the beginning the Mitchell Plan has been a joke – a woeful effort by Selig to somehow get to the bottom of baseball’s biggest embarrasment and, in essence, get past it. Please. Mitchell could infuse post-game spreads throughout baseball with truth serum and not discover any more than we already know – the use of PEDs in baseball was rampant and perhaps even tacitly enabled by baseball itself. Duh.
The Mitchell Plan is going nowhere. Selig should just call of the high-priced dog, hold a press conference announcing all he knows, then apologize for baseball’s shame. Stop the Mitchell Farce. Stop praying for Barry Bonds to go away. Stop being holier than thou and simply say: We’re sorry. It was wrong. And it will never happen again (even though we know it will).
But Bud won’t do that because he thinks he can’t. One of my colleagues on SNY’s “Daily News Live” said it best: The Mitchell Plan, he ofference, has become baseball’s Iraq war. Insanity with no end in sight.
The only thing SElig has accomplished is to make Giambi a martyr. After the Yankee DH spoke about PEDs in an article published by USA Today Selig hunted him down and harassed him into speak to Mitchell. The players union acquiesced, but the whole thing only created more sympathy for Giambi, who’s one of the few former PED users to come clean – or relatively so – publicly and show contriteness.
Giambi is not the problem, Baseball is, and the sooner Selig realizes it the better off the game will be.