I am so sick of people questioning George Mitchell's impartiality, insofar as his ability to lead the investigation into baseball's steroid scandal.
How dare anyone question George Mitchell's integrity? Here's a man who has proven his commitment to this nation over and over again for decades. He has served the country and the world with honor and without scandal. He has even declined Supreme Court appointment and personal glory to do what he felt was greater service to his country.
And he was, perhaps more than anyone, responsible for brokering peace in Ireland with the Good Friday accords.
And people think he did all of this, while batting away the Jack Abramoffs and the petrodollar lobbyists and the pharmaceutical companies, thinking, "Ah, but someday, it will all pay off, when I've lulled them all into complacency, and they let me get into a position where I can help Barry Bonds."??? To what? To protect a few million dollars in Red Sox and Disney money?
Gimme a break.
As the New York Times pointed out, as a board member of Staples, it is also to Mitchell's financial advantage to produce a long report.
Baseball needs an enema, and the owners and broadcasters know it. It is to everyone's advantage to clean house, to be extra tough on anyone who broke the rules, and to make the game family-friendly (and advertiser-friendly) again. With the appointment of a stand-up guy like Mitchell, it looks like they're serious this time.
And on a side note, every time Barry Bonds or his defenders claim he's a victim of racism, it's an insult to genuine victims of racism... including Hank Aaron, who back in the day suffered through the ugliest kinds of racial taunts imaginable with dignity and self-control I never could have mustered.
Wednesday, April 05, 2006