Sunday, February 3, 2008

Nothing to see here, no need to panic

Clearly, the YES Network, home of the Yankees, is pulling a Kevin Bacon in Animal House and giving all steroid coverage the "nothing to see here, no need to panic" effect.

In the article, during an interview with Phil Hughes, all follow-up questions and references to Clemens were kept steroids/PED-free.

At one point in the story, Hughes says: "God-given ability can only get you so far, then it's up to you to maximize that. Even if I can just take a little bit of what Roger did for us last year, (to) see the way he works out... see the way he goes about his business, it kind of gives you an idea of what you need to do to stay in this game as long as he did."

It seems the "idea" of what Clemens needed to do "to stay in this game as long as he did" is contained in Mitchell's report. Or, at least, allegations of what Clemens did.

If the Hughes feature was shot before the Mitchell Report came out, it would have been a good idea for YES - perhaps through "Hot Stove" host Bob Lorenz - to mention that fact. And if the Hughes interview was shot after the report was released, well, YES made the young pitcher look like a fool.

As a Yankee fan, I'd like to see YES not bury the story. But, I am sure they will continue to do so, for fear of Suzyn Waldman bursting into tears.

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