There’s a lot to slog through in the Mitchell report, but my preliminary takeaway is that the Commissioner’s office gets a slap on the wrist and the few unlucky players caught in the crossfire of criminal investigations take the hardest fall, none harder than Roger Clemens. Though the naming of names is what will draw headlines, the sections in which MLB medical officers bully their colleagues into a suppression of meaningful discussion of steroids may be the most damning in the entire sordid document. As it is, the report is light on crucial contextual history; though it reviews the evolution of drug testing policy from the 1970s on, it pretty much avoids the poisonous labor relations that created the conditions in which steroid use could fester. Bud Selig will now be handing out punishments, but will pay no real price for his own failures of stewardship. I can’t help but suspect that in a few years we’ll see him patting himself on the back for sponsoring this report, and “cleaning up” a problem that he greviously exacerbated. The extent to which PEDs pervaded—and still plague—the sport is unclear. Players and owners have grown rich. The media has been acquiescent. Fans are disenfranchised. We live in a culture that largely condones personal enhancement through medicine. We all got here together.