Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.
Time is ticking away. In a matter of hours, George Mitchell’s report on steroids in baseball will be released to the greater public. He is holding a press conference at 1:00 p.m. Houston time today. Bud Selig will not be in attendance, but at about 3:30 p.m. Houston time, Bud will be conducting his own press conference.
Names have been promised. Names that have not previously been linked to steroids or HGH. So while we’ll probably hear the names Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco, Rafael Palmeiro, and Jason Grimsley, we’ll also probably hear the names of people who have never been suspected, or have been suspected but to which no evidence has ever been conclusively linked.
And I’m sure that along with us fans, there are hundreds of baseball players, numerous executives, and bunches and bunches of clubhouse personnel just dying to find out who’s in that report. I’m pretty sure that Drayton, Ed and Tal will be anxiously sitting in front of the big screen and watching Mitchell’s press conference, and I’m sure they’ll be praying that a certain new acquisition, who’s been fingered by another steroid user as being a possible steroid user, won’t be named in the report.
Yep, the Astros will be waiting to find out about Miguel Tejada.
But I’m opening things up to you. Here’s my challenge: what’s the over/under on the number of current/former Astros who will be named by George Mitchell? And keep this in mind, Ken Caminiti admitted to using steroids. Former Astro Jason Grimsley’s house was raided by the Feds after he accepted a shipment of HGH. Grimsley, in an affidavit, fingered Roger Clemens (as did Canseco in his book) and Andy Pettitte – he also fingered Tejada. The managing general partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks fingered former Astro Luis Gonzalez. And there have long been rumors about Jeff Bagwell and Steve Finley.
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The number will probably be less. It should be at least two.
I’m also sure of this: As ESPN reported Tuesday night, the Mitchell report is full of problems revolving around George Mitchell’s conflicts of interest and the manner in which the investigation was conducted. If Mitchell exonerates the Astros, Richard Justice and his cohorts will hail the report as the greatest thing since the birth of Drayton McLane. If a bunch of Astros, or someone besides Caminiti and Grimsley are named, then this will be nothing but a flawed report from a biased man drawing conclusions based on forced speculation.
Tick tock. Tick tock. Let’s have your over/unders. I’m going to take the under and guess three: Caminiti, Grimsley and Bagwell.
And I’m really hoping I’m wrong about Bagwell. – John Royal