Chicago Rain Delay…Andy Pettitte really tried to work through a tough game for him, and his line score 6.1 innings, 8K, 0BB, 2 runs, looks a lot better than how he actually pitched. The Chicago White Sox played tight baseball, and Andy literally slipped on the grass, the Sox broke up a double play.
Nick Swisher tied it up with a clutch HR in his former ballpark.
Phil Hughes pitched 2 innings, but gave up two hits in the 9th. Phil Coke came on and gave up the wining run. Hughes’ scoreless innings streak ended at 25.1. Final score 3-2.
Michael Kay got on his high horse last night and commented on steroids. Usually, Kay speaks for the Steinbrenners and Cashman when it comes to “fairness” (ha!) so I like to see their spin, since he is their mouthpiece.
He called everyone on the list “dumb” and “stupid”. Amazing since he really kissed A-Rod’s butt when he was granted an interview for YES a day after A-Rod’s press conference. Kay called the people on the list STUPID because he said they had time to get the drugs out of their system because it wasn’t a surprise test. The reason why Kay is STUPID is because 1) A “failed” 2003 test could have been a GNC supplement, and players had no real guidance about them in 2003. 2) The players were promised- in writing- by their union and MLB- that their names would never be released.
Kay called for all of the names to be released to save us from dealing with these MEDIA storms. This echoed what Peter Gammons and all of the other talking heads are saying. So lemme get this straight- the MEDIA demands that all of the names should be released so the MEDIA doesn’t have to deal with this. How convenient.
Well, I call upon Michael Kay to tell us:
The names of illegal and prescription drugs he has ever taken; if he has ever committed a crime or has been arrested without a conviction; the details regarding any traffic citations he has ever received; his full credit report and history; copies of his 1040s from the last 5 years; if he has ever committed an act or said anything others might consider unethical or unprofessional; past behavior that he regrets and finds embarrassing, and any details about his life that might harm his reputation.
Because, you know, privacy doesn’t mean jack to him.
Michael Kay and the other experts on TV don’t understand the legal nuances of The List. The List doesn’t have all of the names of anyone who has used PED’s. There is no list with every user. The Mitchell Report was just based on Brian McNamee and Kirk Radomski’s interviews and evidence. BALCO has its own West Coast names. Jose Canseco has his own names. Then we have internet HGH mailorders. The 2003 List contains 100 unlucky souls, so by releasing it MLB will not “clear its black eye”. There will always be more revelations.
The names aren’t going to be officially released by any official. Leaks should be investigated and players should sue their own Union and whoever leaks the entire List. The Union owes the players a duty to protect them. The players are owed a duty of fair representation in the U.S. Players could sue for a confidentiality agreement breach, and could ask the National Labors Relief Board for help if MLB or the Union release all the names on The List. The players’ reputations would be harmed, they would suffer financial damages, and the Union would open itself up to huge liability. All to just appease Peter Gammons and Michael Kay?
People who believe that there is an option that the names might be officially released by Bud Selig or the Union, are seriously uninformed, especially since MLB doesn’t even officially have the List.
Michael Kay also accused all around good guy White Sox slugger Jim Thome of steroid use because “we just don’t know” about any player with a lot of homeruns in this era. He said he couldn’t vote Thome in the Hall of Fame because of that. MEANWHILE, Kay is sitting right next to Al Leiter, who also played in Jim Thome’s era, yet Kay gives Al a Free Pass ™ because he “knows him”. Frankly, there have been many cases where aging pitchers tried HGH or other supplements to prolonged their careers. So if Kay is going to cast doubt on Jim Thome (voted the nicest guy in baseball by his peers and never came up in an investigation), Kay should also be casting doubt on his broadcasting partners who played against Thome (Al Leiter, Paul O’Neill, David Cone, and John Flaherty. David Justice was already outed two years ago, so you won’t be hearing him anymore.) I guess if Jim Thome was a broadcaster in Kay’s booth, he wouldn’t be suspected. You can see Kay’s logical flaw. Of course I don’t think the YES announcers used steroids and HGH, just like I don’t believe Thome did. But you can’t say one and not the other if you blanket the entire era, and The List won’t tell us everyone anyway.