It has begun. Clemens speaking through his lawyer. John Smoltz (not named in the report) going Miss South Carolina on the Dan Patrick show. Unbelievable, he was incoherent in his defense of…I honestly don’t know what he was defending. Jim Rome rolling out his mantra: “If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying. It is only cheating if you get caught” and then proceeding to talk about how stupid players were for leaving a paper trail. Others commenting on how “the report will ruin the reputation of many…”
If you are innocent, speak for yourself. If you don’t know what to say, say nothing. Let’s admit that we don’t care if people cheat, because the consequences will show that we don’t. The ruined reputations came from the behavior not the report.
Some are saying that this reveals a problem in baseball. More accurately, it reveals our culture. It is a revelation of American values. Legacy, personal empire and money are the driving forces motivating behavior. Integrity and character are convenient only in so far as they promote my image and marketability. So why are we surprised at all. Human nature is deficient, theologically we call it depravity. The lure of money, fame and prowess will not cure humanity of its shortcomings, it only glamorizes the attempt.
Let’s be honest, sports are at best peripherally important. They impact fewer people than we think. Many people, in fact the majority of people couldn’t identify the bulk of the names in the report. But the depravity of man is universal.