Golic Goes to Town
I couldn’t pass up passing this along: this morning on Mike and Mike, Mike Golic went on an absolute rampage against Commissioner Selig for his non-reaction to Bonds record-tying homerun Saturday night, and just steamrolled Mike Greenberg when Greenie tried to defend the commissioner. I have said this before, but one of the interesting dynamics in the whole debate about performance enhancing drugs is the divide between athletes and former athletes on one side, and non athlete talking heads on the other. The athletes, as a group, appear to be much more forgiving on the topic as a whole, perhaps because they a) know how prevalent it’s always been and b) know how hard it is to be good (or great) regardless of what one puts in one’s body. In this light, Golic has been adamant in the past that the negative reaction to Bonds is just too much, and he really let loose today.
Here are some snippets from their exchange, beginning with a hypothetical Golic poses to Greenie:
Golic: “if Selig actually stayed to the end of the game and the pitcher Cliff Hensley, Clay Hensley, threw a no-hitter, the last pitch, he gets the last out, would Bud Selig have clapped?”
Golic: “what happened to him?”
Greenie: “Clay Hensley tested positive for…”
Golic: “Clay Hensley tested positive for steroids in the minor leagues…he would have clapped. ”
Greenie: “I am not arguing he would have clapped.”
Golic: “If you’re against Barry Bonds, then just admit it, that’s all I am asking for out of the commissioner. Just admit it!”
After Greenie defends Selig, both for being there and for being unsure of what to do, Golic goes back on the offensive:
Golic: “act like the commissioner of baseball and acknowledge that the greatest record has just got tied. Give a couple of claps. It was embarassing, Greenie, it was embarassing.”
Greenie interjects that he probably would have had the same reaction.
Golic: “I disagree with his reaction, and I disagree with the way he’s been handling this whole thing.”
Golic then asks Greenie whether Paul Tagliabue (sic) would clap if Shawne Merriman broke Michael Strahan’s single season record for sacks, which leads to some cross-talk between Golic and Greenie and then Golic issues the following, classic, rant:
Golic: “I am so tired of the steroid thing. God, how many amphetamines were around baseball. Mike Schmidt came on Dan Patrick’s show and admitted he used Greenies. Do we think guys like Pete Rose may have done this? Would he have had as many hits if he couldn’t play on the next day, if he didn’t take the amphetamines. People laugh at that stuff. People laugh at the pitchers cutting the balls yet nobody wants to put an asterisk next to strikeouts or wins when the balls were doctored or people beaned (?) up on amphetamines to get through a double header and got some statistics that day and add that up over a period of years. Oh, no, no, no, steroids is the worst thing known to mankind. Listen, steroids is a bad thing. Performaning enhancing drugs are bad things. But people act like it’s the only thing that ever went on in sports. And every player, every athlete before the steroid era in their sport was pure and clean. Gang, wake up! It wasn’t.”
Finally, when Greenie tries to argue that this (the controversy) is not about Bonds, but rather the “enormous affection” that the nation has for Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron, Golic again vehemently disagrees, saying that this is about “the witch hunt” against Barry Bonds. Golic, after he calmed down said that he thought that Bonds “brought alot of this on himself” because of the way he’s acted toward the media and because of steroids (which, it’s safe to say, Golic assumes Bonds used).
But, there are few (if any) high-profile sports commentators who are this adamant in decrying the hyocrisy (for lack of a better word) that has suffused the Bonds homerun debate.
Just wanted to share.