Earlier in the day, Newsday reported Alex Rodriguez, or as fans have lovingly called him “A-Roid” and “A-Fraud”, was supposed to report to Washington, D.C. to talk to Congress about his use of steroids.
At that point, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D – Maryland), had this to say to Newsday last night:
“He is in a confessing mode. So maybe he needs to put his apology into some meaningful action by cooperating with the committee so we can see if there are things we need to reopen to make sure baseball is doing all that it can to rid itself of this kind of practice.”
Since then, it has changed. Newsday reports A-Rod will not have to go to Washington for a repeat performance of his confession. At least not yet!
Cummings had this to say:
“With unemployment in this country approaching double digits and our constituents’ very livelihoods being threatened by the nation’s economic woes, I intend to focus on passing President Obama’s Economic Recovery legislation to get Americans back to work to fix our sinking economy.
The American people need leaders who will focus on stemming job losses and getting credit to flow in the marketplace before hearing from yet another person who cheated both himself and the game of baseball.”
Would you look at that? Congress actually figured out what they are supposed to do. Isn’t that wonderful? A round of applause for Congress.
The operative word there is: before. This would leave one to speculate that at some point, Cummings and company will be talking to the Yanks third baseman.
I’m glad Congress has managed to figure out that the economic crisis is a little more important than this steroid scandal.
With 103 additional names still out there, this is not the last time we will hear about this. When it does come up again, I’m sure there will be other names we will not be shocked by.
I will say this much. I find it completely pointless for Rodriguez to report to Congress at any point. He said his confession. Believe him or not? That is your choice.
I still think there is more to it. I just do not feel Congress should bother with it. They have enough on their plate. It is up to Major League Baseball to do right by the fans, the players, and the owners to clean this sport up.
The people who Congress should be talking to are: the Commissioner, Bud Selig, and president of the Player’s Association, Donald Fehr. If they did their job, this would not be an issue.