Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Flu and Baseball

Being on the couch nearly all day long (flu) apparently has at least one bright side as I was able, between hacks and blows and chills, to get a glimpse of the Congressional hearings today that concerned the use of steroids and HGH in professional baseball.

Like any person that has ever been a baseball fan (and particularly those of us who spent our youths outdoors listening to the comforting voice of Ernie Harwell) I object to any person with a head the size of a watermelon getting a baseball record, forever supplanting true heroes with the true records of baseball--people like Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron (whose pates looked more or less human.)

I didn't get to see a lot of the proceedings but spent some time wondering why our Congress has to spend its time getting involved in baseball. When did domestic policy begin to include America's pass time?

Paul Mirengoff at PowerLine opines:

Two powerful human tendencies drive this sort of inquiry -- the desire to grandstand and the compulsion to extend power and jurisdiction. Since politicians suffer inordinately from these defects, we can hardly be surprised by spectacles like the one today.

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