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…. History lesson

Lupica tries and tries to include Barry Bonds in the Jason Giambi story, and only succeeds in coming across small:

….Giambi is the one who gets clipped for steroids finally, not in front of the BALCO grand jury, but in the place Looie Carnesecca always called Macy’s window. Giambi is the one who admits to steroid use, Giambi who agrees, under duress, to speak with former Sen. George Mitchell, even though no one knows what kind of answers he will actually give to Mitchell.

Baseball gets Giambi for now.

It doesn’t get Bonds, at least not yet.

At least not yet. Bonds must have been really rude to Tiny Elvis one day, because he can’t let go of the hope that somehow, someway, Bonds is gonna get his. Unless, of course, there is no getting his to be gotten. Then we’ll hear how Bonds got away with it, and then after he gets away with it, we’ll hear how he’s a real bad guy, and how nobody likes him, and on and on. Lupica even pulls out the tired old, “He could be indicted any minute now,” routine. Yeah, right. After three years and thousands of hours testimony and all of the convictions and all of the lawyers and judges and bullshit, now they’re gonna indict Bonds.

Lupica conveniently forgets one important fact: The BALCO guys could have given up Bonds and didn’t. Lupica would have you believe that Conte and Anderson each took the fall for Bonds, the most unlikable asshole of the last fifty years; because why, exactly? Why is Greg Anderson in jail right now? Why won’t he just give up Bonds? I don’t know, maybe because there’s nothing to give up? Maybe? Maybe Anderson’s in jail to cover his own ass, because the more he talks, the more trouble he’s gonna get in?

Meanwhile, Marvin Miller looks at the War on Drugs in baseball and thinks the Players Association is faltering just a bit:

…. he sees the Major League Baseball Players Association, a union he created one player at a time more than 40 years ago, allowing Bud Selig to browbeat Jason Giambi into cooperating with Sen. George Mitchell’s doping investigation. He sees Congress threatening to insert itself into a labor dispute involving private industry. And he can’t understand why his union isn’t doing anything about it.

“They ought to be speaking out,” he was saying earlier in the week, a day before Giambi agreed to cooperate. “I would expect there are some conservative influences around (union executive director) Don Fehr that you and I don’t know about. It’s self-destruction.”

…. “There isn’t the slightest basis for the Players Association to be doing what it’s doing,” Miller says. “They ought to be speaking out on the following basis: the commissioner has no authority over whether Giambi, in this case, or any player, should speak with the investigator appointed by the commissioner or not. If he wants to take action (by suspending or fining Giambi), everybody’s free to take action; that’s not the question. Would it be upheld? Not a chance. All the rest of this is junk.”


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