Paging the Warren Commission

This, MSNBC’s "question of the day":

Should Canseco’s claims lead to an investigation of home run records?

How, exactly, could they investigate these records?  Does Bud Selig own a super-secret time travel device?  Is there a hidden medical lab somewhere with blood samples from Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds circa 1997-1998?  How about we just use common sense and figure that these guys were and maybe still are all juiced up, and realize that the records will forever be tainted, though still in the books.  What records can’t be proven as illicit except by hearsay must remain the records, though our collective memories will always be informed by our suspicions that these records are sullied, achieved semi-artificially.  We don’t need to argue whether Barry Bonds is a better player than Babe Ruth or a better home run hitter than Henry Aaron just as we don’t need to strike Bonds’ 70 homer season from the books. We will always know that Ruth and Aaron hit their homers without artificial assistance.   We will never know this about Bonds, and that’s damning, worse than an expulsion based on mere suspicions, however justified.  Unless proven otherwise, and I don’t know how this can be done, his "unwitting" steroid use has to be taken as that. 

The records must stand, horribly tainted.   That’s the asterisk, our collective knowledge of his guilt.

6 comments… add one
  • I agree, and I believe it’s a point I’ve raised on this site in the past. (Someone check the archives!)

    YF February 14, 2005, 10:42 am
  • A quick perusal of the YFSF archive searched for the term “asteris” comes up with this lone entry, from November of 2003, filed by yours truly (there may be others from YF as well, buried, but who has time…):
    “Can you say ‘artifically bulging asterisk in the Baseball Encyclopedia’? Substances suspected to be anabolic steroids were seized from the home of Barry Bonds’ personal trainer during a Sept. 5 raid by federal investigators, two sources close to the search told the San Francisco Chronicle in Monday’s editions.”

    SF February 14, 2005, 10:54 am
  • It’s there, somewhere deep in the YFSF bowels….

    YF February 14, 2005, 11:32 am
  • Like the juice in Barry…

    SF February 14, 2005, 1:11 pm
  • Another approach is to remember that the homer records do almost nothing to change the game. They’re a silly distraction from the more subtly important aspects of the game, like hitters doing little things to not make outs, or the less subtle aspects like having competent starting pitching. In other words, people who love the game care about what wins; homers are a small part of winning; so the individual homer records are kind of irrelevant. Or so I think, FWIW

    Chris February 15, 2005, 6:29 pm
  • true

    AI February 15, 2005, 9:26 pm

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