Saturday, December 04, 2004

Um, isn't there a war to fight or something?

The United States is under threat by terrorists, millions of people don't have health insurance and the imminent retirement of the Baby Boomers threatens to push Social Security into insolvency. Yet through it all, John McCain says he will find time to craft legislation that would impose drug testing on professional athletes.

"Major league baseball players and owners should meet immediately to enact the standards that apply to the minor leagues, and if they don't, I will have to introduce legislation that says professional sports will have minimum standards for testing," McCain said after returning from a European trip late yesterday. "I'll give them until January, and then I'll introduce legislation."

Would someone please explain to me why this is a matter that should be of concern to Congress? For that matter, I'm not even sure why it should be of concern to Major League Baseball. True, the athletes who play by the rules are penalized for doing so if baseball doesn't go after violators. Thus, baseball and its players union need to decide what constitutes fair play, and how that is to be enforced. But my opinion on the use of steroids is the same as my opinion on the use of any drug. Adults should be able to put whatever they want into their bodies, as long as they don't hurt anyone else in the process.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why pick on the senator from AZ when you can go after the Head Honcho.

"W," if you recall, made it a point of his State of the Union speech.

Of course, who is going to come out for steroids? Or their use by zillionaires?

By the way, McCain is a noted expert on all things sportish and regulatoryish. He and I chatted about professional boxing once (he's held hearings and sparred with the various alphabet organizations that run the sport, citing rigged routes to a championship and the unethical use of aging punch drunks as fodder by younger, better boxers).

McCain is the real deal on this. So is Bush, by the way. For all his failings as a businessman, he never lost money in the rigged, monopolistic world of Major League Baseball.

Now talk about Anonymous Guy's brilliant postings about terror and the Democrats.

10:07 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Antitrust Exemption. That's why.

11:47 PM

Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

I thought of that. It may be a legal rationale, but it's not a common-sense one.

9:14 AM

Blogger Ms. K said...

I agree! There are way bigger fish to fry. Let the MLB handle this one... or not handle it, since it's not really a "problem" anyway.

I mean, seriously, there's all kinds of shit you can put into your body now to have it do this or that... there's no way MLB or the government can (or should, for that matter) test athletes for every single drug or herbal remedy that may or may not influence their ability to hit one into the bleachers.

Personally, I think they should just let the players take whatever the hell they want to take. It sure would make for some very interesting baseball! :)

12:33 AM


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