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Following up on my Congressionally inspired rant, we learn that Congress will not summon A-Rod to D.C. Edolphus Towns, Henry Waxman’s replacement atop the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, put his rank-and-file members back in their places today when he said that his staff will continue to work on the economic recovery plan and will not ask A-Rod to talk about six-year-old PED tests.

In other PED-related news, Marvin Miller, the godfather of the Players Association, criticized, well, everyone today. He says that the PED revelations are part of a modern-day witch hunt and that the union caved in accepting the stringent drug tests a few years ago. Finally, Miguel Tejada will plead guilty to a perjury charge.

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  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Miller also said on Kay’s show that he doesn’t think there’s any scientific evidence that steroids are harmful, or that they help you perform better in Baseball. It’s all just an attempt to divide the Union by turning the players against each other.

    No, I’m not kidding.

    • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      He must have lost it. Heck that’s like saying that global warming doesn’t exist.

  • thisisthedavid

    Fuck this media witch hunt. Everyone in the nfl does steroids lol or at least the ones alex got caught for.. The levels to trigger an nfl roid test are something like 8 times that of the mlbs levels.

  • http://amonthoffundays.blogspot.com Phil in LA

    Indeed, screw this stinking witch hunt. Where were the guardians of our morals during the 20 years when steroids were the rule and not the exception. Where were these jackass, hypocritical reporters and government toadies then?

    btw, Abreu is an Angel for 1 year and 5M.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    How freaking lovely. It’s amazing that it even came up as an issue. Instead of FIXING THE BROKE ASS COUNTRY LETS SUMMON SOME BASEBALL PLAYER TO TELL US WHAT HE WAS DOING SIX YEARS AGO.

    OH THATS NOT A GOOD IDEA?

    OKAY NEVER YOU MIND THEN.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Does anyone ever stop and think if they have something to say of value or that will make sense or that anyone cares about BEFORE they say it or has the internets ruined all that self-editing stuff?

    There are so many people who need to be tapped on the shoulder and told, “You know what? You have nothing of importance or value to say. So please STFU.” All this blathering just to blather. MY MO!

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    I’m pretty sure congress is busy at the moment…

  • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    Congrats, U.S. Congress, instead of working to fix this stimulus, you care about six-year-old events. Yay!

    However, if the country were now in good times, I think it’s a worthwhile investigation. Besides the fact that elements of the scandal are like drug trafficking under a different name, it’s illegal, it’s widespread, and it’s bound to affect people my age (HS) and younger. Not to mention that you can make the case that steroids in baseball is akin to a fraudulent main-stream business…

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      No. No. No. You’re doing it wrong.

      Congress is NOT summoning A-Rod. They don’t really care.

      • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        I meant to say that they were even considering summoning A-Rod. Thanks for the clarification.

    • Chris C.

      “Congrats, U.S. Congress, instead of working to fix this stimulus, you care about six-year-old events. Yay!

      However, if the country were now in good times, I think it’s a worthwhile investigation.”

      Aha! So wrong is only wrong if everything else is right.
      Gotcha. I love the way people use the word “Congress” like it’s one person.
      “Hey, Joe Congress, get to work on that Stimulus plan!”

  • Hank Steinbrenner

    I HAVE A STATEMENT TO MAKE!!!!

    Ladies and gentleman, I have reached my boiling point in regards to shody journalism/reporting, anti-Yankees bias, and a lust for notoriety above all else – within the media.

    I sware to God, if I hear one more person say “Arods apology sucked;” “Arods an asshole”; “The Yankees should cut Arod”; or “Arod is disingenuous” – I may just lose it.

    As part of my intense state of rage, I have compiled a list of some of the most

    1) Tom Verducci: this fucking asshole was up with a front page article on Si.com which was very critical and skeptical of Arods character and apology faster than you can say “The Yankee Years was written in the 3rd person, I sware. PLEASE BUY MY BOOK!”

    2) Joel Sherman: this headline grabbing whore spews out more anti-Yankee/anti-Arod nonsense than any other journalist in NY.

    3) Bill Madden: this fuckin moron actually wasted ink saying that the Yankees should cut Arod and eat 250 million. Haha, someone save a room at Bellvue, because Billy Boy is on his way out.

    4) Mike Francesca: this fat fuck actually stated, on live air, that the Jose Canseco should not be inducted into the Hall of Fame due to his “great impact on the game” in exposing the steroid era. He then went on to say that Arod’s apology was terrible and that he probably still used PED’s as a Yankee. I never thought I’d say this, but where is Mad Dog when you need him?

    The fact of the matter is that Arods apology was The point is this – EVERYONE IN THE MEDIA, ESPECIALLY NY MEDIA, IS TRYING TO DO WHATEVER THEY CAN TO GET SOME “SHOCK VALUE” OR EXTENDED HEADLINES, FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF: 1) RATINGS; 2) MONEY/BOOK DEALS; OR 3) OVERSIZED EGO’Smore than adequate. Were there a couple of spots where he might have liked to do better (i.e. not knowing what he took), sure. Even though it wasnt perfect, Arods apoogy was MUCH better than any of the other 200 players who have been caught and/or named in the Mitchell report. In fact, it wasnt even fuckin close.

    Yet, for media clowns like the above, its all about ratings and selling papers, and nothing else. With that said, it is my recommendation that we try to silence this guys the only one we can….with BLOOD!

    Did the Americans give up when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor????

    Did Bluto roll over and die once Dean Wermer declared YOUR OUT!?????

    When the going gets tough……………..the tough gets going

    Verducci….DEAD!
    Sherman….DEAD!
    Madden….DEAD!
    Francesca…..DEAD!

    NOW-LETS-GO-GET-EMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://bigbluepinstripes.blogspot.com/ LB

      Feel better now?

    • Doug

      But tell us how you really feel.

    • Chris C.

      “Even though it wasnt perfect, Arods apology was MUCH better than any of the other 200 players who have been caught and/or named in the Mitchell report. In fact, it wasnt even fuckin close”

      Really? Can you show me the apology transcripts of the other 200 players who were caught? Better yet, can you NAME the other 200 players who were caught?
      Because I find it hard to believe they all blamed persuasive teammates, their contract amount, a drug store chain that never sold what they took, and the person who blew the whistle on them. Or that they ran off to the Bahamas with two women after being informed they were caught, came home and dragged their ex-wife into it, then picked the Network, Interviewer, eye-liner, and lipstick they’d wear for the apology!

      Sure other apologies may have been flaky, but if you find me one other apology full of more bullshit than this, I’d be stunned!

    • Chris C.

      “He then went on to say that Arod’s apology was terrible and that he probably still used PED’s as a Yankee.”

      You’re right……that was terrible on Francesca’s part. He should have left out the word “probably”.

  • Hank Steinbrenner

    Correction:

    Francesca declared that Canseco SHOULD be in the HOF.

    Sorry, Im so angry right now, I cant even concentrate.

    • Rich

      I heard that. Francesa is often lets his psychological conflicts interfere with his sports analysis.

      • LiveFromNewYork

        Being off your meds will do that to a person. Not that I’m saying he’s on any meds, but perhaps he should be. IMHO he should be on meds and off the air.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      “Sorry, Im so angry right now, I cant even concentrate.”

      Um, it’s concetrate.

      – Joe Morgan

    • Chris C.

      “Sorry, Im so angry right now, I cant even concentrate.”

      Honestly dude, what the hell do you care?
      You sound like someone who has a vested interest in guys who cheated the game remaining annonymous. Are you bitch who brings ARod his coffee in the clubhouse?

  • Rich

    It looks like Rep. Cummings failed an IQ test.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Okay, just looking back at Miguel Tejada’s BR page. Why in the hell did he win the MVP over ARod in ’02? He got 21 out of 28 first place votes. I understand Tejada’s team was good and Rodriguez’s was awful but my god…it’s not even a question of who had the better year…A-Rod defintiely should’ve won in ’96, too.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      They even played the same position, so it’s not like you could pump up Tejada’s numbers because he played a tougher spot on the field.

      It’s like Ichiro over Giambi in 2001. That’s just crazy.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        2002 was also the first year for UZR

        Tejada: -14.0 (-12.2 per 150)
        Rodriguez: 13.4 (13.7)

        Sweet fucking christ what were the writers thinking?

        • Chris C.

          “Sweet fucking christ what were the writers thinking?”

          Well, we know what they WEREN’T thinking! And that is, “Which one of these two guys benefitted most by the needles they were sticking in their asses?”

      • Chris C.

        You know what’s really funny?

        Remember how Mike Greenwell wanted his MVP award back in 1989 when he finished 2nd in the voting, because the guy who won it, Canseco, admitted to juicing?

        Well, bt the time all the roiders in the game are exposed, you’ll be having players who came in 5th or 6th in the voting demanding their MVP awards!

  • http://amonthoffundays.blogspot.com Phil in LA

    Belly Full of Guts signed with the Dodgers.

    • Chris

      I may be in the minority, but I don’t think there is that big a deal with Congress investigating steroids in baseball. As long as baseball has special legal protection in the form of anti-trust exemption, then Congress has a right to investigate. That being said, they certainly have more important things to deal with now, and shouldn’t bother with this issue until the economy, wars, etc are all resolved. Also, there is no point in dragging players into hearings to recount (or deny) their own steroid use. Call in Bud Selig and Don Fehr and try to actually get commitments about fixing things, instead of grandstanding just to drag some players through the mud.

      • Chris C.

        I may be in the minority, but I don’t think there is that big a deal with Congress investigating steroids in baseball.

        Of course it isn’t! If not for congress, who else was going to go to bat for the fan who perhaps was sick and tired of going to baseball games and watching cheaters?

        Because let’s be honest…….NOBODY involved in the sport, not the players union, not management, and not even the clean players really gave a crap about this issue before congress stepped in.

  • Bo

    Marvin Miller at 90 makes more sense than all of the sportswriters, fans and athletes on this subject.

    • Whitey14

      Sorry, in this day and age, his opinion is indicative of our problems and mirrors one of the many reasons the big three automakers have had such problems. Any person with moderate intelligence should be able to tell you that the best union leadership wants it’s parent company/companies to be as healthy as possible to ensure job security for it’s members. Marvin Miller thinks it’s oaky for baseball players to ignore this because they cannot be replaced. He’s clearly senile if he’s ready to ignore the scientific facts of steroid’s long term effects on the body. I get it, he never felt a union should give back, but in this case they weren’t giving back to the owners by agreeing to drug testing, they were giving back to the fans who pay their salaries and deserve to see an honest product on the field. In all honesty, they only agreed because they had to, not because they wanted to.

      I’ve lost a lot of respect for Marvin Miller, who is just bitter that he’s not in the HOF.

      • Chris C.

        “Marvin Miller thinks it’s oaky for baseball players to ignore this because they cannot be replaced.”

        Right.
        It’s okay for the school bully to take your kid’s lunch money, because he’s stronger than he is.

        And the mere fact that people involved in the game think Miller should be in the HOF is pathetic. I mean, if ever there was a guy who put every other interest ahead of what was good for the game, it was Marvin Miller!
        And now he peaks out of his hole to do it some more.

    • Chris C.

      “Marvin Miller at 90 makes more sense than all of the sportswriters, fans and athletes on this subject.”

      Yeah, if you don’t care about the game of baseball, he makes a ton of sense.

  • Charlie

    Thank god Congressman Towns knocked some sense into Congressman Cummings…

  • mustang

    Its nice to see that no matter how big of a place Congress is that they are trying to focus on bigger problems then A*Rod.

    • http://www.supertangas.com The man with 33 fingers

      Yes it is nice to see someone in Congress prioritize the country’s problems correctly.

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