Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Wow, has it really been a month?

No better way to lose what few readers I have than not post, but unfortunately my personal life has been a series of crises since early December, and that means that posting in a stupid baseball blog takes a backseat to everything else.

But, as usual, it could always be worth. For example, I could be Gary Matthews, Jr.

It's been easy to criticize Arte Moreno this offseason. His failure to deliver on his "something big" promise showed how much of a rookie owner he is. But, even with that, it's impossible to turn on Arte because of what he has made this franchise in the last four years. He's turned this franchise from a second-rate club on par with the Montreal Expos and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays into one of the most respectable and admired teams in the league.

And, as is obvious with this whole Gary Matthews Jr. business, he cares about the team, its image, and its fans.

This article at SI.com shows a portrait of an owner that should be the envy of every other team in Major League Baseball. His vociferous pursuit of information in Gary Matthews, Jr.'s HGH scandal is the type of action owners should have been taking toward performance enhancing drugs years ago.

I understand Matthews' reluctance to talk. But this is not a court of law; it's a court of public opinion. And while taking the 5th may be a way to operate in the legal system, it ain't gonna work with the 45,000 fans whose asses sit in the seats at Angel Stadium.

The truth will set you free, Gary. We can be quite forgiving, if you only tell the truth.

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