Baseball fan-in-chief Bush: 'Steroids sullied game': The Swamp
 
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Posted December 14, 2007 12:46 PM
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by Frank James

President Bush, the nation's baseball fan-in-chief, offered his first public response to the Mitchell Report on the use of illegal performance-enhancing steroid drugs by Major League Baseball players. It came in response to a reporter's question following the president's meeting with his cabinet this morning.

Q Mr. President, on the Mitchell report, sir, do you think that the baseball players actually mentioned in the report should be punished?

THE PRESIDENT: A couple of reactions to the Mitchell report. As you know, I'm a baseball fan; I love the sport, I love the game. Like many fans, I've been troubled by the steroid allegations. I think it's best that all of us not jump to any conclusions on individual players' name, but we can jump to this conclusion: that steroids have sullied the game, and players and the owners must take the Mitchell report seriously. I'm confident they will.

And my hope is that this report is a part of putting the steroid era of baseball behind us. You know, I -- in the State of the Union a couple of years ago, I addressed the issue of steroids, and the reason I did so is because I understand the impact that professional athletes can have on our nation's youth. And I just urge our -- those in the public spotlight, particularly athletes, to understand that when they violate their bodies, they're sending a terrible signal to America's young.

The president was being unduly modest in styling himself as a mere fan. He was "merely" one of the former owners of the Texas Rangers. He made his fortune, in fact, from selling his stake in that baseball team.

Bush was a team owner during what is now being called the Steroids Era in professional baseball, a period during which, the Mitchell Report says, owners were complicit in the "juicing" of players. So people will naturally be wondering what the president knew of the problem when he was an owner.

The president raised the steroid-in-sports issue to a presidential level when he mentioned, in his 2004 State of the Union speech the need to fight the use of such drugs, especially since younger athletes were at risk of using them and damaging their bodies.

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Dear Mr. President,its time to get a little Harry S. Truman in you. Raise a little hell and clean up baseball.


"Baseball fan-in-chief Bush: 'Steroids sullied game'"

Yeah and YOU were, as usual, part of the problem.

While Jose Canseco names names when it comes to his teammates and other players, even players he personally turned on to steroids and growth hormones, he lets the owners and the owner-commissioner off easy when he states, "I'm not going to name any actual owners; I don't want anyone picking up a phone and sending a hit man after me."

"The one former owner he does attempt to call out is George W. Bush, but he does more dancing than fighting. According to Canseco, Bush and then Texas Rangers general manager Tom Grieve saw all these "guys getting bigger before their eyes . . . [b]ut they never made an issue of it." He points out how Bush sat behind the dugout and spent a lot of time in the clubhouse, but he also notes that the future president spent most of his time there talking to Nolan Ryan and avoiding the Latin players. He calls Bush on his apparent hypocrisy in having his administration try to turn steroids into a witch hunt, even though Bush and Company helped move the (steroid) revolution forward. He further states, "There was no question that George W. Bush knew my name was connected with steroids—the story Tom Boswell had written in 1988 wasn't the last word on the subject—but he decided to make the deal to trade for me anyway."

Full story here:
http://www.efqreview.com/NewFiles/v22n2/books-sluggers.html


How many Pennants and World Series did George W. Bush win for the Texas Rangers? Looking at how he manages our economy I would guess 7-10. Best President forever.


How many Pennants and World Series did George W. Bush win for the Texas Rangers? Looking at how he manages our economy I would guess 7-10. Best President forever.

Posted by: jackson | December 14, 2007 1:31 PM


You would be WRONG, Bushie won ZERO World Series or Pennants.

...and the economy, well, I guess it's good for the big shots on Wall Street and the rich people that W. gave tax cuts to but for everyone else it sucks.


Bush record budget deficit:
http://photobucket.com/mediadetail/?media=http%3A%2F%2Fi28.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fc241%2Ftsamshara%2Falbum4%2F657e.jpg&searchTerm=deficit&pageOffset=8


Baseball fans enjoyed watching Sosa, McGuire, Giambi, and Bonds hit homers in record numbers and the teams paid them millions. The lesson for all you young ballplayers out there is to become the best player you can through the miracle of modern pharmaceuticals! Just make sure you don't get caught!


It seems like everything Bush touches becomes seriously messed up: every business he started in Texas, Baseball, our presidency/country. Maybe he'll become RNC Chair after(if) he leaves office?


"MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SPEAKS"

SENATOR MITCHELL, why don't you worry about your team Congress, team Senate. Why don't you test your peers to see what type of steroids and drugs they are on. Senator Mitchell why don't you do an investigation in "WHAT TIME WAS GEORGE BUSH'S 9/11 SPEECH WRITTEN" AND WHO WROTE IT, AS IT DIDN'T APPEAR ANYONE HANDED HIM ANYTHING THAT HORRIFIC MORNING.

SENATOR MITCHELL HOW IS IT THAT YOU CAN GET YOUR SUBPOENAS ANSWERED BUT CONGRESS CAN'T GET AN EX- WHITE HOUSE STAFFER TO TESTIFY OR SHOW UP TO HIS SUBPOENA.

SENATOR MITCHELL IF YOU WERE TO FALL IN THE BATHROOM AND BREAK YOUR HIP, WOULD YOU REFUSE STEROIDS NECESSARY TO HEAL YOUR INJURY?

SO BASEBALL PLAYERS SHOULD TAKE THE 5TH AND HAVE NOTHING TO SAY TO CONGRESS BUT, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IMMIGRATION AND THIS ETHNO SECULAR CIVIL WAR YOU ARE CREATING IN THE STREETS OF AMERICA. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RISING OIL PRICES THAT HAVE YET TO HIT THE AMERICAN PUMPS? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT THE IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST DICK CHENEY AND THEN GEORGE BUSH?

ALSO SENATOR MITCHELL DO YOU THINK THE GEORGE BUSH WHILE TEXAS RANGER OWNER, NOT ONLY KNEW BUT WAS FOUND COMPLACENT IN YOUR FINDINGS AS YOU WENT BACK TO 1992?

WHAT A WASTE OF AMERICAN TAXPAYERS MONEY AND JUST ANOTHER "early rose garden distraction towards something else important on the HILL"

EVERY SENATOR, CONGRESSMAN SHOULD HAVE TO TAKE A URINALYS TEST AND SHOW THE AMERICAN PUBLIC JUST WHAT IS FLOWING THROUGH THEIR VEINS WHILE ASSERTING THE CONSTITUTION OF THESE UNITED STATES!

test that.


Question 1 (and I want an honest answer):

How many of you are surprised by the names named in this report? (With the promise of more to come.)

Question 2: To all season ticket holders and to all who want to get tickets to at least one game, (especially for the Red Sox who are sold out for the next 2 years)

How many of you would be willing to NOT go to the first game of the season in order to protest the shape that the game is in right now?

The spectacular lack of response to question 2 leads to question 3: Do you really think that the owners or the players give a rat's patootie about your opinion, as long as you keep ponying up the money?

Suggestion - try HS or college baseball of a nice spring afternoon. Sit in the stands, fart, comment on this or that, and just enjoy it.


No Frank, Bush was NOT an owner in what is being allegedly called the steriods era. Bush put his ownership of the Rangers into a trust and gave up managerial responsibilities when he won election in 1994. Most of the steriod shenanigans began occurring in the mid to late 1990s.
Why do you lie, Frank? Why are you incapable of reporting truths or having any objectivity whatsoever in practically any of your reporting?


Who cares? What's done is done.

Let's move on.

There are more important things to consider.

Steroids was all about money. Nothing new there.

Fans loved the long ball.

Owners wanted fans to come to the park and buy residual products.

Players wanted the money that the owners were getting.

The players juiced up. The ball went out. The stands were filled. The tvs were tuned in. The pockets were lined. The salaries went up. The stands were filled. The tvs were tuned in. The pockets were lined. The salaries went up.

Tell me, when does the monkey stop scratching his face?

Answer: Never. The drugs were too good.


Like Bush Sullied America.


You would think we've heard it all. Now people are actually blaming steroid use in baseball on President Bush. For somebody the "left" has repeatedly criticized as being stupid, President Bush has certainly managed to infiltrate quite a vast array of different circumstances. Remember when he was blamed for summoning the tsunami afew years back?

I suppose next we'll hear the Patriots are secretly being financed by Halliburton and that's the REAL reason they're undefeated.


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Why do you lie, Frank? Why are you incapable of reporting truths or having any objectivity whatsoever in practically any of your reporting?

Posted by: John D | December 14, 2007 3:40 PM
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Geographically Challenged Dumb Dumb Little Johnnie D, "the Joseph Stalin of Streamwood", Frank learned from the best when it comes to not being objective and reporting untruths - he learned from you.



Hey! Where's Dick Cheney's lapel flag pin!!??

The Republic is doomed! Is he a commie infiltrator?


Why do you lie, Frank? Why are you incapable of reporting truths or having any objectivity whatsoever in practically any of your reporting?
____________________________
My guess. Frank's taking his marching orders from faux noise (We tell you how to think. You agree.). But juannieed's response is what I'd expect from a delusional, reality-denying, coulterhumping Bushevik.


John D,

Come on and answer the important question; Where's Dicky's flag lapel pin?


John D,

Sorry, but you got your facts wrong -- the "Bash Brothers" Oakland A's teams, where this use first became widespread, were from the late 1980's.

As the team was dispersed over the next decade, they brought the info with them -- to places like Texas, where Canseco landed, and other juicers like Raffy, Pudge, Ruben Sierra and Juan Gonzalez picked up on it and spread it with them. That was in the early '90's, and that was when W. was actively owning the team. Whether or not Bush knew about roid use, at least Canseco knew who was signing his paychecks -- and it wasn't Ann Richards, who was the Governor at that time.

The Mitchell report is a sham mostly because it doesn't address ownership's role in the whole era, but who thought they would get straight answers out of George without subpoena power? His administration doesn't acknowledge legitimate requests anyway!


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