Thursday, March 17, 2005
Ya think any good will come of the Congressional hearings into steriod use in baseball? Me neither. I cringe at the thought of all the pompous speeches and evasive answers we're about to hear. Maybe there's an upside. I think the greatest deterrent to steroid use among athletes would be to out the users. If players faced the loss of popularity -- marketability and endorsement money -- through publicizing who failed their tests, then maybe they'd be discouraged from injecting. MLB won't do that on its own. These hearings could have done that if Congress had offered immunity to witnesses. Instead, they're content with a meaningless media circus. But we'll see.