The phone has rung a lot this morning. Radio stations wanting to talk about the Mitchell Report.
“They still have to hit the ball, don’t they?’’ seems to be the tired refrain from those asking what the big deal is all about.
Yes, they do, but it is more than that.
They call them “performance enhancing drugs’’ for a reason, and that’s because they enhance performance. They don’t improve your skills, but they can make you stronger, faster, and enable you to train harder and longer.
All those years covering Roger Clemens and much was made about his work ethic and long and hard training programs. Yes, I saw him work, but I didn’t know how he was fueled. Clemens attributed his success to how hard he worked, and now it is known why he was able to work so hard.
It’s a shame, really. For me, I have to look at Clemens with the same skepticism as I do Barry Bonds.
Forget about the health issues for a moment, because quite honestly, the public doesn’t care. Who wept for Mike Webster and Lyle Alzado? They are footnotes now. If you want entertainment, go to the movies or watch wrestling. But, that’s not sports.
With sports, people want to know if what they are watching is real. That’s the essence of yesterday.