Newsday's Wallace Matthews seems to have a similar problem. After all, what else could it be besides writer's block that led to this piece, openly speculating -- without really speculating -- if Pettitte and Giambi are still taking PEDs:
It was a win to remember, to be sure. But was it a win to be proud of? Was it real? Was it clean?Those are the questions you'd rather not have to wrestle with, but considering the players involved and their well-publicized history, they refuse to go away.
On the mound, you have Pettitte, admitted HGH user in the Mitchell Report, throwing eight strong innings in weather that would fry a cactus, and at the plate, you have Giambi, who couldn't hit his listed weight until Memorial Day weekend, blasting a fastball into the rightfield seats against a pitcher with the lowest ERA in major-league baseball, a pitcher who had allowed a measly six home runs all season long.You want to believe they are doing it the way it is supposed to be done, both by law and by the code of sportsmanship . . .
. . . But then you look at Pettitte, throwing as hard in the eighth inning as he did in the first, striking out two of the three batters he faced, and you scratch your head in confusion. You see Giambi, looking as muscular and fit as he ever did, and you shake your head in disbelief.
Look, I'm not one of those guys who wants to put his head in the sand about PEDs. In fact, I've found it somewhat troubling that the good-but-not-truly-great like Giambi and Pettitte have gotten off way easier in the court of public opinion than have the would-be Hall of Famers like Bonds, McGwire, Sosa, and Clemens. Steroids aren't only a problem because of their impact on record-breaking or legend-making performances. Indeed, maybe we should be talking about the moral and ethical implications of Pettitte's and Giambi's PED use more than we have to date.
The wrong way is to take Matthews' approach. To trot out the same old witch hunt-masking cliches adorned with a phony "these questions just won't refuse to go away" shtick.
Wanna know why those questions won't go away, Matthews? Because you and your ilk refuse to pose them in a manner that could conceivably lead to an answer.
(link via IIATMS)