The Good of the MANNY…
Okay, so I’m about to “out” myself as a Trekie, but considering today’s bombshell news, it seems appropriate. I’m sure most of you have seen Star Trek II, the Wrath of Khan… It is easily the best of the many Star Trek movies, including the current reincarnation.
As you will recall, during the climactic moments of this film, Spock sacrifices himself so the Enterprise can can reach warp speed and thus escape the expanding Genesis effect initialed by Khan himself. Dying from radiation poisoning, Spock tells Kirk that he had to do what he did because “the good of the many must outweigh the good of the few.”
Such a statement seems logical, doesn’t it. Why should the many suffer for the good of the few? Clearly they should not. But in relation to Major League Baseball, that is exactly what’s happening. In 2003, 1,198 players were screened for the use of performance enhancing drugs. Of those, 104 tested positive.
The names were to remain sealed and anonymous, but thanks to the government investigation of BALCO, the list was seized and, subsequently, names have started slipping out. First A-Roid, then Slammin Sammy, now Manny and Ortiz? Clearly there will be others.
Which brings me to this idea that the good of the many must outweigh the good of the few. If the Players Union were smart (which they clearly are not) they would do everything they could to release the entire list. Sure, the other 100 players would probably be freaking out. But you know what, the other 1,094 players would breathe a sigh of relief knowing they would no longer have to live their lives under the cloud of suspicion.
Obviously the Players Union will never do this. Which is why those 100 players whose names are sealed should start coming out one by one. Each player should call a news conference and admit to being on the list. Control the message, take the PR hit, then move on. If several did it, others would follow, and soon, the steroid era would become a thing of the past.
Wouldn’t it be great to see something like that happen?
Yeah, I’m not holding my breath either.