Great moments in self-awareness

Shorter Verbatim Blogger Murray Chass (after declaring that his heart belongs to Jack Morris, and decrying these whipper-snapper stat geeks and using this newfangled “ERA formula” to dare insist that Morris doesn’t deserve enshrinement on the basis of one game):

For some reason, the news media have not talked about the former catcher and steroids the way they have talked about Bonds, Clemens and Sosa. When I worked for The New York Times, I tried more than once to write about Piazza and steroids, but the baseball editor said I couldn’t because his name hadn’t been linked to steroids.

I can link his name to steroids, I countered, but I had to wait until I started this Web site to talk about Piazza’s acne-covered back, a generally accepted telltale sign of steroids use.

Some things simply require no added commentary.

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

11 thoughts on “Great moments in self-awareness

  1. Thanks for the laugh. Zits on a back -> Steroids?

    Awesome. Scary to think all the steroid users that were in my Junior High.

  2. Good to know its one or the other. No idea it was that clear cut, and set in stone. I knew enough guys in COLLEGE that also had rare skin disorders then. Because trust me – none of the guys I knew were steroid users.

    If they were, they didn't work – since we were all pretty much 150 pound weaklings.

    Not saying Piazza was clean or dirty, but I would need more proof than a back to make that determination.

  3. I had tons of back acne and still do, but obviously all I got were the side effects of taking steroids and none of the benefits. I'd still like to know who slipped them to me.

  4. I just assumed it was my sedentary, IT working lifestyle and horribly odd hours that caused it this late in life!. ;)

  5. Back acne does not = steroid use. Chass has nothing to base his accusations on but his own ignorance. Medical experts have called Chass' reasoning bullshit. Chass is a disturbed little man who is angry about being relegated to the fringes, and he is trying to be relevant. Unfortunately the effect is mostly pathetic.