I am like a lot of fans of baseball in being sick, sick, sick of hearing about steroids and unlike most fans in having played a role myself in helping put the topic of steroids and baseball front and center in the national psyche.
They say sports and politics don't mix. One sportswriter disagrees with that. In fact, he would argue that professional sports has always been political and has been a positive force in shaping American society.
There is a widespread chorus shouting about baseball becoming increasingly boring. The reality is that although the contests have acquired more of an entertainment atmosphere, the thrust of excitement has waned because of two primary factors.
The summer of 2010 was supposed to be a joyous festival of the World Cup, historic baseball pennant races, and a dynamic NBA free agent period. Instead, the nation's fever dream has become the sports world's nightmare.
If the new standard is that players tainted by steroids are not Hall of Fame worthy, then the voters must bar the man who was most singularly positioned to take a stand against that taint and failed to do so.