Saturday, April 13, 2013
Posted by el duque at 7:57 AM
According to the Internet, MLB recently lost out in a bidding war over documents that it believes might incriminate evil Alex Rodriguez, tying him to a doping clinic. Thus, it has leaked to to the media another Arod-bashing avalanche of stories. How dare he buy those documents. Not fair! How can justice be served when MLB can't even buy evidence! Outrage. Scandal. MLB has been out-bidded in its attempt to buy evidence.
Buying evidence. Yep, welcome to Guatamala.
Let's forget that this so-called "investigation," which authorities have refused not to join, is now turning rumor mongering into a profit-making enterprise. Let's forget that, in essence, what we've just seen is a baseball player being blackmailed publicly by a clinic with questionable moral standards. ("So Mr. Rodriguez, we would be willing to sell YOU notes... rather than Mr. Selig.") Today's talking points are that evil-mean, moneybags Arod has spent more money than MLB to protect the last vestiges of his name. My god, that's terrible. You'd think he chose playing in large market over Seattle.
1. Wasn't it Ronald Reagan who refused to deal with hostage-takers, (until re-election made it expedient), because everybody knew the end-game: They just take more hostages.
In today's NYTimes, MLB is said to have paid ex-employees thousands of dollars to talk.
Those ex-employees were paid for the time they spent talking with baseball’s investigators, the two people said, with the payments not believed to have exceeded several thousand dollars.
2. It's another public salvo in the ongoing character assassination that - who cannot see this coming? - will lead to Arod's inevitable suspension - if not expulsion - from the Yankees and record books. They want this so bad they can taste it. And who will defend Alex Rodriguez? The Yankees? Hell no. They'd love a legal reason to get out from under the contract they initiated. If Arod's name is trashed, and he's finally cut loose, that's free money. The fans? Hell no. He's never been a fan-friendly player. And most importantly, he's not hitting. (Beneath all this anti-Arod fervor, ask yourself: Would this be happening if Arod was still batting .320?)
3. MLB has just managed to erect a national billboard that says: WE PAY TOP DOLLAR FOR EVIDENCE. Yep, they're ready to run through the trailer parks with twenty dollar bills. Next step should put Arod's picture in the Post Office with a bounty on his head.
4. The price of the so-called evidence - (by the way, lost in this landslide of accusations is Arod's denial; but who wants to hear that?) - is too high for MLB? Mercy me. Thus, mean old Mr. Arod out-bidded Bud Selig - who is paid more than $25 million a year by MLB. (In fact, that's an old figure; his salary was set to rise over the last few years. He might be making more than Arod now.) All that money going to Arod makes it hard for them to catch him. Not fair.
OK, look... it's not the most popular stance, defending Arod. But last time I looked, this was still a country where you were innocent until proven guilty. Somehow, MLB has set itself up as a major crime-fighting Justice League, without the subpoena powers or federal and state authorities - who have better things to do: (See BONDS, BARRY and CLEMENS, Roger, which will be filed under "FIASCO" and "WASTE OF MONEY.")
Of course, it doesn't matter what anybody says. The tar is hot, and the feathers are ready. Why would anyone want to stand in the way of a good necktie party?