Roger Clemens is Barry Bonds. Andy Pettitte is Barry Bonds. Wally Joyner is Barry Bonds. Aaron Boone is Barry Bonds. Gary Sheffield is Barry Bonds. Rick Ankiel is Barry Bonds. Brian Roberts is Barry Bonds. And it it goes….
These are the biggest names mentioned in the Mitchell Report, a damning assessment of baseball’s “Steroid Era.” And this is not the full extent of it.
To see the complete list of names, click here. Clemens is no doubt the biggest name, and the details of how and when he used performance-enhancing drugs was chilling. There were details, canceled checks, etc. It was real.
There is much for baseball to do now. Sen George Mitchell emphasized over and over that the game should “move forward” and not punish past users. That it should accept his recommendations and create a system that eradicates drugs from the sport now and forever. (Of course he also said the use of HGH is growing and, with no test for detection, isn’t likely to wane soon.)
There is much for fans and the media to do, too. It will indeed be interesting to see if these two groups treat Clemens and Pettitte, et al. with the same vitriol that has been levied at Barry Bonds. Other than personality, is there any difference between them?
Oh yeah, there is one other noticeable difference, but one I don’t need to mention….do I?
I’m just sayin’…