I have spent a good hour or more reading George Mitchell's report on performance enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball. Despite being cynical about appointing a director of the Boston Red Sox as the lead investigator and being somewhat disappointed that he spent a large portion of his investigative time focussed on two trainers who worked primarily in New York, he has certainly provided a credible report.
Most disturbing to me is the revelation about Roger Clemens and Andy Pettite. I wouldn't be surprised if you told me many MLB players have used various steroids and hormones when coming back from injury, Clemens and Pettite included. It seems clear, however, Clemens used roids as a way of training, like the biggest cheat of them all, Barry Bonds. I no longer respect Roger. Period. No Hall of Fame for him, in my opinion, which is very hard to say. Pettite's situation is more difficult to interpret as it relates to injury recover, but man, it's still cheating and tremendously disappointing to hear.
There are a bunch of players mentioned in the report, Tejada and Bonds, of course, but another that really disappoints- Eric Gagne. So much for his "prolific" closing numbers for the 3-4 years he dominated. Now we know why. Very sad. I have a new respect for Mariano Rivera (if Mo used steroids, he needs to get his money back, he's still as skinny as a rail) and others who seem to have not cheated...but who knows these days. Everything's tainted.
I'm pretty ticked right now. Soccer is so much better than baseball.