- Note to baseball players: if you cheat in Cleveland you'll get away with it. If you cheat or are mentioned in passing as ever having spoken about cheating while passing through the Bronx, you'll probably lose your career.
In New York, a Yankee player mentioned in passing in the Mitchell Report is rushed by the media into the "tainted dynasty" trough. I just noticed an article from a Cleveland newspaper praising the 2007 Indians team
for "character and conviction." I was surprised to see this, as they had a pitcher on record having bought 1000 vials of HGH and 100 syringes.
Paul Byrd also told big lies, kept his goods in clubhouse fridges, said MLB knew about his "pituitary problem" (which they denied) and is reported by ESPN.com to be selling a book about his life as a Christian. (All of these things have been recently linked on this blog which almost no one reads).
"Cleveland Indians' 2007 Season Built With Character and Conviction," by Paul Hoynes, Cleveland Plain Dealer, 12/23/07.....
- Today we have an article from Cleveland baseball media, Paul Hoynes. He doesn't even mention Paul Byrd til the end of the article, and then very softly. How's this for contrast--a love story describing a team with a blatant cheater who helped them win a pennant this year as built on "character and conviction:"
- (I didn't make this up--it's an actual article). sm