“I may not be the smartest guy in the world,” sneered Fox Sports Radio’s Bruce Jacobs earlier this evening, “but I’m not the stupidest, either.” Oh yeah? Jacobs takes considerable umbrage at “that sleaze” Donald Fehr objecting to confidential testing results being made public and insists that with the advent of PED’s, Major League Baseball “is no different than pro wrestling”. Clearly, the broadcaster believes the changing physiques of modern ballplayers renders baseball’s results predetermined (last time I checked, it was easier to place a wager on a baseball game in Las Vegas than a WWE match).
Some of Jacobs’ harshest criticism, however, is reserved for the publishers of Sports Illustrated, whom he accused of sitting on today’s A-Rod story “for maximum impact”. “Do you really believe this story just landed on their desks last night?” asked Jacobs (above). “Why do we only hear about these stories right before a World Series….or right before Spring Training?”
Anyone with the slightest knowledge about the publishing industry could tell Jacobs that it makes the most sense to launch a baseball-themed tome in the spring or slightly before. However, it’s much harder to understand how SI publishing the A-Rod revelations on the first Saturday morning in February, constitutes “maximum impact”. There’s no new issue of SI on the nation’s few remaining newsstands today, and there’s way less web traffic on a Saturday compared to Monday at 9am.
MLB.com’s Seth Everett weighed in on Fox earlier in the day, opining there was something fishy about 4 independent sources all confirming Rodriguez’ test results, but the names of the other 129 violators somehow were lost in the shuffle. Everett went so far as to suggest A-Rod claim he’s a victim of extortion, which I think is a rather fantastic accusation. There’s plenty of people who’d like to expose A-Rod to ridicule without charging a penny.