A Take Worth Reading
I know we are all just about Mitchell’d out by this point, but I thought Curt Schilling’s 3,676 word blog on the matter, which he posted today at 38pitches.com was positively outstanding. In baseball speak, Curt cranked one out of the park here. For lack of a better way of putting it, he did not get cheated.
Schilling praises players such as Brian Roberts and Andy Pettitte, who admitted they were guilty, for coming clean.
His stuff on Jose Canseco and Roger Clemens was particularly insightful:
After lambasting Canseco for cheating through his entire career, Schilling rightly points out that there had to be a great deal of accuracy to his book.
"Which in the end gets us here. Say what you want about Jose, and there
are things I disagree with and think he’s wrong about, but I have yet
to find someone he’s named who’s NOT been guilty or tried to clear
their name," wrote Schilling. "The view I have on that is maybe a bit too simplistic but I look at it
like this. If Jose had named me in his book, it would have taken about
20 minutes for me to issue a press release vehemently denying the
allegations, which would have been as closely followed as possible by
as large a legal action as I could have possibly taken to sue for
slander, libel, defamation of character and anything else I’d have been
able to legally do. It’s either that, or I’m guilty. There is no gray
area here, you either did, or you didn’t and Jose, up through today,
hasn’t called out anyone that’s sued his *** off for false
representation, slander, libel or whatever you would do if someone said
something like this about you, that you didn’t do."
Which brings us to the Rocket. We all know that Schilling was as avid a Rocket follower as there was, which had to make it hard for him to be so candid when dissecting the current situation. But Schilling cut no corners and paid no favors to Clemens. Instead, he challenged Clemens to prove his innocence.
"It’s no mystery that Roger and Andy [Pettitte] are as close as any two teammates I
know of. Andy makes no bones about Rogers influence in his career.
Their personal trainer, the trainer Roger took to Toronto, then to NY,
has admitted to administering PED’s to both men. Andy has admitted he
did, and that it was a mistake and he never did it again. Roger has
denied every allegation brought to the table. So as a fan my thought is
that Roger will find a way in short order to organize a legal team to
guarantee a retraction of the allegations made, a public apology is
made, and his name is completely cleared. If he doesn’t do that then
there aren’t many options as a fan for me other than to believe his
career 192 wins and 3 Cy Youngs he won prior to 1997 were the end. From
that point on the numbers were attained through using PED’s. Just like
I stated about Jose, if that is the case with Roger, the 4 Cy Youngs
should go to the rightful winners and the numbers should go away if he
cannot refute the accusations."
That’s powerful stuff.