Former Mets GM Steve Phillips made an interesting observation while discussing the Barry Bonds trial on his Sirius XM Radio show earlier this week. It returned to my consciousness after hearing of Manny Ramirez’s “retirement” yesterday…although Manny’s drug problems with MLB – at least in the past – seemed more from his desire to become more fertile or virile…a different ball field of performance-enhancement if you will.
Steve said “Thank God for steroids. It brought the game back from extinction.”
There are so many base paths to run with this…
Perhaps a history lesson of Steve’s time as a GM is in order. Mets fans wish if steroids truly enhance performance, he would have taken a ton while on their watch. That being said, while a Mets exec and an ESPN analyst…well, I guess he did score once in a while. Virility was not Steve’s problem, but making good calls on and off the diamond…problems galore.
Every year Hall of Fame ballots go out…if the player participated in the “steroid era”… selection criteria at the top of the list includes “do you think the player juiced?”
Roger Clemens’ trial is in the on deck circle. The all-time home run king is at the plate…one tape-recording away from possible jail time.
Thank God for steroids. Baseball is ever so grateful.
Another bad call, Steve.