Everyone knows that the old Yankee Stadium was the "House That Ruth Built". Well, the new Yankee Stadium was built, in part, on the heroics of Yankees such as Alex Rodriquez, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettit, Jason Giambi, and others. It could be argued that funding for the new stadium was made possible, in part, through drug money, namely the phony baseball accomplishments of the Steroid users on the team. Being funded through drug money, the stadium could be seized by the Fed for tainted profits. At the very least , for full disclosure purposes, the new Yankee Stadium should be called "The House That Steroids Built"
Well, ok, the seizure by the Feds and the derogatory naming ain't going to happen. But, it underscores the need for Major League baseball to step up and close the book on steroids with a comprehensive set of pronouncements and decisions by Air Bud, and answers to questions. For starters, Bud Selig needs to define the status of the 104 players named in the 2003 drug study. Did those players cheat? If not, why not? Did they have an unfair advantage? How should baseball view their accomplishments during the years when they were on steroids, and how should baseball treat any all time records that may have been advanced through steroid use?
Without tackling this head on, Bud Selig leaves it to the fans and journalists to decide who the all time record setters are - Roger Maris - Hank Aaron or Barry Bonds - Mark Maguire - Alex Rodriquez? How does baseball officially view the Steroid Era of Baseball? Thus far, the lack of honesty and disclosure is baffling and disappointing. Come on Air Bud, stand up and earn some of that $17,000,000 MLB pays you. Is it going to be the Hall of Shame or The Hall of Fame for some of baseball's biggest stars?