Revisiting the Chase
Ok first of all, am I the only one who doesn’t understand the audio visualizer on MediaPlayer and iTunes? I don’t know, I just don’t get how a bunch of swirling colors and rotating circles is a visualization of the music. Call me crazy.
I came across a very good article by Ken Rosenthal on FoxSports.com. In it he does something that you don’t see much of these days – he admits he was wrong.
About what? His coverage of the McGwire/Sosa home run race in 1998. With last Monday being the 10 year anniversary of the Chase, he revisits the article he wrote about the storyline that practically saved baseball. In it, he quotes exact paragraphs where he dismisses the clues and implications created by the discovery of McGwire’s andro use. At the time it wasn’t illegal, and the common argument was that it was just good science being put to good use. Since then we still haven’t learned if he used anything else, but his performance at the Congressional hearing and his complete departure from the game don’t look good.
Rosenthal remembers how those who did raise the question were criticized for doing so and berated in the press. And he admits that he was ignorant of the issue and not willing to look into it.
In the years that have followed, we’ve learned that steroids was and is a prominent issue. I’ve heard many people say how the players, the league, the media, and the fans are all to blame. Why?
Because all of our actions merely encouraged steroid use. The guys who put up the biggest numbers were the ones who got the biggest press. And the fans were so taken with it that Sosa and McGwire actually saved the game by bringing fans back after the bitter strike. We (myself included) bought the jerseys and paid to go see the games.
But Rosenthal has gone one step further than just saying we’re all to blame. He’s done something that’s even harder by accepting personal responsibility for his own role in the coverage back then. It takes guts to pull up an article from 10 years ago and point out to everyone that you were wrong.
Some might argue that doing so just continues to pick at an issue that just won’t go away. But I don’t see it that way. Letting the blame fall soley on the players isn’t going to get us any closer to putting the issue behind us.
What it will take is less finger pointing, more honesty, and a commitment to try and prevent it in the future. Thanks to Ken Rosenthal for doing his part on all three.