Now that Andy Pettitte has come out and officially told reporters and congress that he used HGH in 2002 and 2004, Hank Steinbrenner is doing everything he can to get the attention off of the Yankees and onto anyone within reach. According to ESPN.com, Hank Steinbrenner came out yesterday saying that the NFL has a bigger problem with performance-enhancing drugs than baseball does. He also claims that the NBA kicked sand from the sandbox in his face first.
Okay, so maybe he didn’t say the second half of that, but he is insisting that the MLB is being picked on and that the problems they are dealing with are minor in comparison to what would happen if the NFL and the NBA were placed under a similar microscope. Too bad Steinbrenner’s only proof is based on how “big and fast” these players are from the NFL and NBA. Really, Steinbrenner? Is that your startling proof?
If we’ve learned anything from this ugly investigation into Baseball’s dark past, it’s that anyone–and I do mean anyone–could be taking steroids or HGH regardless of their size and speed. In fact some of the most unlikely suspects have been those that have fessed up to using performance-enhancing drugs while those we point our fingers at first often come up relatively clean. Just because your big and fast doesn’t mean that you are guilty of taking steroids or HGH; just ask Frank Thomas or Chone Figgins.
Hank Steinbrenner’s comments can simply be chalked up as diversion tactics, and I refuse to be tricked into looking away as the Yankee’s try to clean up the clubhouse and preserve the integrity of their championships of the late 90’s. Steinbrenner knows that somewhere along the line this is going to bring some questions regarding their knowledge of their players’ use of these performance-enhancing drugs and how legitimate those 4 championships actually were.
So keep on pointing, Steinbrenner. There’s not a chance I’m going to miss this one.