a short on the report

Like a kid awaiting the glory of Christmas morning, I anxiously awaited the release of the Mitchell Report.

Upon the report’s release, though, I soon realized that I would be let down — like that same kid when he discovered that Santa Claus didn’t exist.

As I frantically searched the entirety of the 409 page document that would unveil around 80 past and present baseball players linked to steroids, nothing really caught me by surprise.

Of course there were the big names like Bonds, Clemens, Pettite, and Tejada; names which have been previously mentioned or speculated about, but there was nothing that made me jump out of my seat gasping for air. There wasn’t one name that made me think, “Wow, even this guy did it?”, confused by the words I had just read.

Instead, the Mitchell Report just confirmed the names that had already been brought into question, as well as some names that I had never even heard of — minor leaguers/ small guys — or cared to hear of for that matter.

To some extent, though, the fact that the report failed to list a majority of big, never-before-mentioned names was somewhat unfortunate for me, but ultimately good for the game of baseball and the little bit of integrity that remains.

If there was anything surprising about the release of Thursday’s report, it would have to be the fact that Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Jason Grimsley used flowered checks to buy his steroids.

There’s just something about the tandem of flowered checks and steroids that fails to scream “manly”.

Don’t believe me?

Check pages 383-385 of the report.


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