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.