Why Do The Eloquent Guys Never Do Drugs?

A wordsmith he ain't

Mark McGwire’s interview with Bob Ley on ESPN is a poor performance.  Ley is by no means aggressive or hostile, but he puts out some fundamental questions which McGwire should answer if he wants this media blitz to settle the steroid issue once and for all.

One of the more basic questions (pharaphrasing here): “If steroids don’t help performance, why have you been apologizing for using them?  And why apologize to the Maris family?”

McGwire doesn’t answer either question well.  And I really want to be forgiving (see my previous post).

Baseball needs more Grandersons

It’s funny how we have such low standards for athletes’ speaking abilities in general.  If they say anything in a post-game interview beyond, “Well Joe I just went out there and played hard and this is a big win for us,” color us impressed.  But when an athlete is on a tight spot like this, we suddenly expect them to be rhetorical masters and are disappointed by anything less.

Curtis Granderson would know how to satisfy us in a steroids interview.  But then again, Curtis Granderson wouldn’t take steroids (I’m pretty sure).  Maybe that’s the problem.  The eloquent ones don’t do drugs.

More Yankee Fantasyland Nonsense

Meet the next great Yankee outfielder.

The Yankees are on the verge of acquiring Curtis Granderson for a bunch of crap.  Besides being a better commentator than most of the guys on Baseball Tonight, Curtis Granderson is really fast and really good at hitting home runs off of right-handed pitchers to right field.  In short, he’ll be amazing in Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees have, once again, video-game-afied their batting order.  How many Yankee fans playing MLB 2009 altered rosters to “trade” for Granderson?  How many fantasy baseball teams will be less potent than the Yankees batting order? It’s much easier to hate the Yankees when they just sign everybody’s best players.  It’s not fair when they start trading for them, too, and really good guys at that.

Damn this.