Future of game looks promising
February, 8, 2008
For Henry Waxman, Tom Davis and members of the House Oversight Committee, truths have become murky, sometimes convoluted, mostly repulsive. They are asked to disclose funding for the Clinton Library and campaign -- and other endeavors -- from the Middle East, and now to sort out why Brian McNamee or Roger Clemens would risk prison time by lying to Congress, much less why McNamee would store gauze and syringes for seven years or why Clemens wouldn't have a legitimate doctor do the B-12 and lidocaine injections. As it unravels just miles from where the 2008 baseball season will open in the U.S. with the March 30 unveiling of the Nationals' new ballpark, the sordid McNamee-Clemens war may be a defining moment in the Steroid Era. Baseball then hopes that after nearly a decade of minor league testing and newer, more stringent regulation of enhancers and enhancements that the McNamee-Clemens war and the Barry Bonds trial will be the doors slamming shut on the past. Because on this upcoming Wednesday, pitchers and catchers begin reporting to spring training with their sights set on a season in which Major League Baseball claims more tickets have been sold at this time then any time in its history. It may be hard to know whom and what to believe in the past, but baseball is counting on the court of public opinion believing that Bud Selig and his game are doing everything to make the present and future believable, and legitimate.